Storm leaves darkness and water turbidity

Bamfield loses power, Beaver Creek boils water following big storm

  • Nov. 13, 2007 1:00 p.m.

The first storm of the season hit hard on the holiday weekend leaving almost 200,000 houses around the province in the dark and shutting down transportation routes.

Environment Canada reported winds travelling as fast as 90 kilometres per hour hitting the coast on Monday.

Seventy thousand Vancouver Island residents were without electricity because of the wind storm.

“The Alberni Valley and West Coast faired pretty well,” said BC Hydro spokesperson Stephen Watson.

Most of the lights stayed on in Port Alberni but Bamfield and Nitinat lost power after midnight on Sunday.

Bamfield residents lost power early Monday morning and it hadn’t been restored as of Tuesday. The road to Bamfield was washed out near Sarita Lake which posed an additional challenge to hydro crews working to clear lines. BC Hydro ramped up its vegetation management regimen after the wicked storm season last winter. “The main circuit that we’ve been targetting is the Bamfield line,” Watson said.

Beaver Creek is on a boil water advisory due to turbidity in the water system. Beaver Creek residents are asked to boil water for at least two minutes before drinking it. At the same time the improvement district is asking people to conserve water as much as possible.

Highway 19 remained closed Tuesday between Port Hardy and Campbell River as a result of a mud slide. “The storm was felt the hardest in the Comox Valley/Campbell River area,” Watson said.

Weekend travellers trying to get off the Island had problems whether they attempted to leave by boat or plane as BC Ferries cancelled all sailings on major routes and float planes were docked. Flights were cancelled at airports as well.

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