Beaver causes large tree to fall across power line

BC HYDRO is now estimating that power will be on by 2 pm

  • Dec. 23, 2011 7:00 p.m.

It was all in a day’s work for one beaver who chewed his way through a tree that caused today’s power outage.

Now, BC HYDRO crews are on snowshoes walking to the location where a tree has fallen across a power line causing an outage that’s affecting people in the Lakelse Lake area south of Terrace.

“It’s a significantly sized tree and it’s in an area not accessible by vehicle,” says BC Hydro official Dave Mosure, who confirmed this morning BC Hydro determined a beaver caused the tree to fall.

“So they’re on snowshoes and are packing in everything they need,” he said.

Newest estimates indicate power will be restored for Lakelse Lake area residents by 2 pm.

BC Hydro crews began tracking down reasons why the power went out since last night.

They were sent home at one point for a mandatory rest period and replaced by contractors but are now back on the job.

First reports indicated power went out at Lakelse Lake around supper time before coming back on at around 8:30 pm and then going out again.

One person reported seeing a flash in the sky around the airport.

Northwest Regional Airport operations aren’t being affected because it is relying on a back up diesel generator.






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