BC Hydro are hoping to restore power throughout the region after 62 power lines were brought down by Tuesday’s storm.
Over 700 homes and businesses are still without power Wednesday morning after a wind storm tore through the East Kootenay.
Community Relations Manager Diane Tammen says crews were working through the night to restore power.
“There were approximately 60 outages in the area. We had 10 crews, BC Hydro crews, construction services crews and contractors in the Elk Valley, Cranbrook and Fernie areas mainly,” Tammen says. “The main cause of the damage was the high gusty winds.”
Tammen says more outages are possible.
“We are expecting similar weather today as we had yesterday,” Tammen says. “We want to remind everyone to remember the hazards of electricity. If you do come across a fallen power line, please assume that its dangerous and its live, we want you to stay back 10 metres.”
Cranbrook has the most residents still in the dark with over 400 affected.
200 buildings remain without power in Fernie, compared to 91 in Kimberley.
The utility says over 108,000 customers were affected provincewide, with the Kootenays among the hardest hit.
– BC Hydro Community Relations Manager, Diane Tammen