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BC Hydro working to restore power after snow storm causes outages

VANCOUVER — BC Hydro says it is working to restore power to areas in the province experiencing outages due to snow storms.

The Crown corporation says nearly 3,500 customers remain affected in the Thompson/Shuswap region, with an additional nearly 500 in the Northern region.

It says crews made “significant progress” repairing damage overnight in Thompson/Shuswap area, where it is bringing in more crews and resources to assist.

BC Hydro is asking customers in the hardest hit areas to prepare for possibly remaining without power throughout the weekend.

In the community of Bella Coola, it says several broken poles caused an outage for about 300 customers and it is working to bring in additional crews to the area though heavy snow and road closures due to high avalanche risk are making access difficult.

It hopes to have power restored in the area by 6 p.m. PT tomorrow.

About 6,650 customers are without power throughout the province, according to BC Hydro, for a number of reasons, including ongoing snow storms throughout the province.

Parts of the province remained under a snow warming Saturday morning following winter storm, snowfall, wind and rain warnings for large chunks of B.C. Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 4, 2020.

The Canadian Press