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


 


quinn@terracestandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Just Posted

Bachrach nominated by NDP for federal election

The Smithers mayor won on the first ballot with 446 of 797 votes

Skeena Voices | Somewhere over the rainbow

Janet Johnston was given a BC Achievement Award for her role in LGBTQ2 rights

Woman in critical condition after ATV accident

A woman is in critical condition after an ATV crash on Matson… Continue reading

Crews extinguish mobile home fire in Thornhill

No injuries reported, cause under investigation

Police say it’s “impressive” no arrests were made after Raptors celebrations

Toronto will play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors next

Social media giants in hot seat as politicians consider regulations in Ottawa

Committee members will also grill representatives from Facebook, Twitter

Wildfire crews watching for dangerous wind shift in High Level, Alta.

The Chuckegg Creek fire is raging out of control about three kilometres southwest of the town

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Mexican migrants from Central America

The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border

Mistrial declared in Jamie Bacon murder plot trial

Bacon was on trial for counselling to commit the murder of Person X

B.C. VIEWS: Money-laundering melodrama made for TV

Public inquiry staged to point fingers before 2021 election

Canadian homebuyers escaping high housing costs by moving to secondary cities

In British Columbia, exurbs have grown in the Hope Valley and Kamloops

Feds lay out proposed new rules for voice, video recorders in locomotives

Transport Canada wants to limit use of recorders to if a crew’s actions led to a crash

Most Read