BC Hydro plans emergency power outage for Sproat Lake on March 5

Residents in the Sproat Lake area can expect a power outage from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 5 as BC Hydro deals with trees that have become hazardous to power lines.

Residents in the Sproat Lake area can expect a power outage from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 5.

This will affect approximately 561 customers, BC Hydro manager of community relations Ted Olynyk said.

Hydro crews will be removing trees that have become hazards because of the storm that hit the Alberni Valley earlier this week.

“We appreciate people’s patience,” Olynyk said. “This is an emergency outage that is required. Either we have a planned outage and deal with it properly or an unplanned outage.

“If these trees did go over they would cause a lot of damage. They area a threat to our equipment and to public safety.”

Olynyk is hoping crews will be able to finish cutting away the trees earlier than noon.

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