Fraser Valley – THURSDAY UPDATE – Simi Heer of BC Hydro told FVN – Initially we thought the outage was caused by a fault on one of our transmission lines that caused a major circuit to go out of service. However, it’s looking like equipment within a substation in Chilliwack operated in an abnormal way and caused the circuit to go out. As a safety precaution, circuits will de-energize or go out of service if there is some sort of inexplicable abnormality on the system.
Our real time operations team was able to switch customers to other circuits to restore power. The system is now operating as it should be. However, we will continue to investigate this incident further.
WEDNESDAY – 5:18 PM UPDATE – Simi Heer of BC Hydro tells FVN that they are still investigating the cause of the massive outage. The barge incident on Gabriola Island had nothing to do with the Fraser Valley Power Failure. There was no barge incident on the Fraser River, that was strictly an on line rumour.
4PM – ORIGINAL STORY – A major transmission fail for BC Hydro happened around 1:34 PM on Wednesday afternoon, which affected some 55 thousand customers, from McCallum Road in Abbotsford, through Chilliwack and Agassiz and onto Hope.
Power came back around 3:38PM.
As of 4PM, some 19,000 customers are still in the dark.
BC Hydro spokesperson Simi Heer said some electricians are working on problems in Chilliwack and ironically Kelowna, “We have dispatched technicians and electricians to a substation in Chilliwack. For now though, we’ve started switching impacted customers to different circuits to re-route their power supply.”
FVN News Director and Editor Don Lehn was in the Downtown Chilliwack Save On Foods when the power went out. “It was like a bad Halloween prank , a little early. The generator kicked in immediately for the freezers and refrigeration. And of course, the check out tills kept on working..lolz. What was amusing were the stories all over the Valley of drivers who did not know how to four way stop.”