Wind storm knocks out power to more than 1,800 Mission homes

Power has been restored to most homes, but Hydro crews continue working.

  • Wed Nov 18th, 2015 2:00pm
  • News

High winds resulted in this tree coming down Tuesday afternoon on Dawson Road

Tuesday’s wind storm didn’t hit Missionites as hard as some areas of the Fraser Valley. However small pockets of the community lost power throughout the day and early Wednesday morning.

According to BC Hydro’s website, the largest outage impacted 857 homes north of Lougheed Highway and another 766 homes lost power in the area east of Centre Street and North of Grove Avenue.

About 115 homes located north Woodward Street and South of Keystone Avenue also lost power.

More than 20 other areas have reported outages, but only a handful of homes have been impacted in each area.

Many of the areas have had power restored and Hydro crews are attempting to restore the remaining homes this morning.

In Abbotsford, more than 6,000 customers lost power due to the storm.

The outages were caused mainly by trees falling on power lines. In one case, the winds resulted in a tree falling across Dawson Road, west of Sumas Mountain Road, blocking traffic in both directions until it could be cleared.

Power was restored to most homes in Abbotsford before 11:30 a.m., including the biggest area, which affected about 4,200 customers north of Hawthorne Avenue, east of Emerson Street, west of Beck Road and South of Arcadian Way.

Another area in Abbotsford and Mission affected 1,110 customers and was located west of Shook Road, north of Lougheed Highway, south of Kirkpatrick Avenue and east of Dewdney Trunk Road. Power there was restored by 11:33 a.m.

However, some areas were still without power as of 2 p.m., including about 950 homes in east Abbotsford and Chilliwack in an area bordered south of Lougheed Highway, west of Lickman Road, north of No. 5 Road and east of Brown Road.

An area of Abbotsford-Langley, affecting about 1,600 customers, was also without power as of 2 p.m. That section is located south of 82 Avenue, east of 230 Street, north of 44 Avenue and west of Starr Road.

More information is available at bchydro.com/outages.