BC hydro surrey and Langley power outage estimated time map, transmission circuit failure

After a windstorm on Sunday, BC Hydro was able to restore electricity to the majority of its customers.

The overwhelming majority of the problems caused by Sunday's strong windstorm on the South Coast have been fixed by BC Hydro crews.

Around 180,000 BC Hydro customers in the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast, and Vancouver Island were without electricity at the height of the outage.

Crews worked around the clock to restore service to more than 97 percent of customers by 9 a.m. Monday.

“We had been keeping an eye on this weather system in particular for many days. We do have a team, and they have meteorologists who monitor these storms for us so that we are aware of them before they strike. Essentially, this helps us to ensure that we have the right number of people in the right places with the right equipment,” BC Hydro's Mora Scott explained on Monday.

On Sunday, a wind warning was in place for Metro Vancouver, with gusts of 70 to 90 km/h predicted throughout the afternoon and evening.

Powerful winds toppled a tree in East Vancouver on Sunday.
Powerful winds toppled a tree in East Vancouver on Sunday.

Overnight, the winds died down.

High winds wreaked havoc in a variety of areas, including Vancouver, West Vancouver, Surrey, and Langley, with BC Hydro claiming that downed power lines were to blame for the majority of the problems. Trees have fallen into power lines in some situations.

“There are certainly lessons that we learn and that we take from each storm that we deal with to ensure that we can do better each time,” Scott explained. “However, storm preparation and response are unquestionably part of our market, and it is something we focus on all year.”