Brief power outage planned for work on BC Hydro lines

Areas set to be affected Nov. 20 are communities from Kitwanga east to Telkwa, says the power company.

  • Wed Nov 19th, 2014 10:00am
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Residents of Kitwanga and communities east are being notified about a power outage Nov. 20 for about an hour in the afternoon so BC Hydro can work to replace damaged equipment.

BC Hydro said in a release that the one-hour outage is set for 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov 20 for the areas of Kitwanga, Woodcock, Two Mile, Cedarvale, Gitanyow, Gitwangak, Gitsegukla, Hagwilget, Glen Vowell, Kispiox, Gitanmaax, South Hazelton, Hazelton, New Hazelton, Moricetown, Smithers and Telkwa.

“These emergency repairs, due to suspected vandalism, are required to prevent the insulators from failing which would cause a much larger incident,” said BC Hydro in its release.

Residents are advised beforehand to turn off lights and unplug all electronics and appliances, and for the first hour after the power is back on, to only plug in or turn on items that are needed to ensure the electrical system doesn’t get overloaded.