Wind-damaged poles along Highway 3B outside Rossland

FortisBC crews work to restore electricity

After Tuesday night's storm, FortisBC crews are working to restore service to customers in Castlegar, Rossland and other Kootenay areas.

FortisBC crews worked through Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to restore service after winds from heavy storms on Tuesday night brought down a number of trees in the Kootenay region.

The downed trees impacted electricity service in portions of Castlegar, Rossland Trail and Warfield, and in the towns of Crawford, Coffee Creek, Kaslo, Fruitvale, Salmo, Ymir and Rosemont.

“FortisBC’s first priority is to maintain the safety of the public and our crews as we respond to these outages. Crews worked through the night and this morning to restore service and brought customers in Ymir, Warfield, Salmo and parts of Fruitvale back online,” said a press release that went out Wednesday afternoon.

Fortis BC next priority was restoring customers in Crawford Bay, Kalso and the surrounding areas where two transmission lines were heavily damaged.

Power lines in the Red Mountain area of Rossland were also heavily damaged, but FortisBC anticipated having the problem repaired on Thursday.

Fortis BC recommends being prepared in case of a power outage by having an emergency kit with items like flashlights, a battery operated radio and fresh water on hand in an area that is easily accessible to you and your family.

If you experience an outage or see a downed power line, call 1-866-436-7847, option 1.

For ongoing updates, visit fortisbc.com or follow them on twitter at @fortisbc.

 

 

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