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Update: Accident on Highway 16 causes power outage in Vanderhoof

397 customers still without electricity as of 4:25 p.m. on Aug 13.
Power outage in Vanderhoof affecting almost 5000 people across the district. (BCHydro photo)

Update at 4:17 p.m.

In an email response to Express questions Bob Gammer, manager, Northern Community relations for BC Hydro said Thursday’s power outage was caused by a motor vehicle crash in the area near the intersection of Highway 16 and Highway 27, which ended up causing a transmission circuit failure.

“The incident tripped the transmission line that feeds power to the BC Hydro Vanderhoof Substation,” Gammer said.

Power to all 4,800 customers in the area was out from about 12:01 p.m. to 2:08 p.m., he confirmed adding power has been restored to a majority of customers but there are still 397 customers without electricity in the area nearest to the site of the incident.

He said the current estimate is to have power restored to these customers by 7 p.m. tonight.

Update at 2:30 p.m.

Power has been restored in most places across Vanderhoof, after a transmission circuit failure caused an outage for two hours, affecting close to 5000 BC Hydro customers.

Lights went back on at 2:15 p.m on Thursday, Aug. 13.

Original story

Transmission circuit failure has caused an outage across Vanderhoof with close to 5000 residents without power on Thursday, Aug. 13.

Lights went off at approximately 12 p.m. for residents living south of Victoria Street and North-East-West of Highway 16, north of Highway 16, west of Recreation Avenue, east of Campbell Road, north of Nechako Avenue, south of Louvain Street and west of Airport Road, as per BC Hydro’s website.

To report an outage call 1 800 BCHYDRO or *HYDRO (*49376) on your mobile or report it online at

Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

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