Wind storm keeps Alberni emergency crews busy

The wind downed power lines, toppled trees and kept Port Alberni's fire and police departments busy on Wednesday.

High winds caused a tree to fall over power lines at Woodward Road and McCoy Lake Road on Wednesday morning. Police and fire personnel were busy with weather related calls throughout the morning

Police and fire crews were kept busy after winds up to 70 kilometres per hour swept through Port Alberni.

Environment Canada issued a warning for the West Coast on Wednesday morning, which called for winds up to 70 km/h and gusts up to 100 km/h.

The warning has since been lifted.

Police were busier than usual for most of the day, RCMP Cpl. Glen Caston said.

“We answered a lot of calls related to alarms, trees down and branches on roads,” Caston said.

Wind toppled trees onto some houses and power lines fell onto another house.

There were no injuries reported in either incident, he said.

Beaver Creek Road was open to one lane of traffic in the morning because of a weather-related incident, and McCoy Lake Road was an obstacle course with branches strewn on it, he said.

The Port Alberni Fire Department responded to the same sorts of calls, Capt. Les Norden said.

“We were busy from morning until mid afternoon and then it quieted down,” Norden said.

City crews by comparison had a less busy day, street superintendent Randy Fraser said.

“It was a pretty uneventful day, certainly not like it was in 2006 when we had that big storm.”

There were no flooding issues and no wind damage, he said.

According to the BC Hydro website there were 16 power outage incidents in Port Alberni.

There was also one incident each reported in Ahousaht and Bamfield.

The causes were all wind related, the website noted.

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