BC Hydro crews replace toppled 110-foot tower

March 1 avalanche wiped out structure, cutting power to 8,000

BC Hydro has released images of a massive repair operation resulting from a March 1 avalanche 45 kilometres west of Terrace. The Class-4 event took out a hydro tower on the south shore of the Skeena river, leaving 8,000 customers west of Terrace out of power for about one hour before backup generators kicked in.

READ MORE: All of Prince Rupert on backup power after avalanche

BC Hydro listed five outages which started at 12:16 p.m. when the transmission line serving the two communities went out of service.

BC Hydro crews from around the province were brought in to assist with the debris cleanup and replacement of the damaged tower. Two excavators were also flown to site to remove snow from the base.

A new 110-foot tall, 12,000-pound transmission tower was brought in from Vancouver. After assembly, it was flown into position by a heavy-lift helicopter. Once in place, BC Hydro says it took crews just 10 minutes complete its installation.

-with files from Laura Baziuk


 


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