Accident leaves Kimberley in the dark

A vehicle struck a power pole on Wednesday evening leaving 1800 without power

 

More than 1800 BC Hydro customers in Kimberley and Marysville were without power for four hours on Wednesday evening.

Diane Tammen from BC Hydro says that 1873 customers in all were without power after a motor vehicle accident between Kimberley and Marysville Wednesday evening.

“A motor vehicle hit a power pole,” she said.

“Our crews were called out and when they arrived they had to do some switch-over work so they could work safely. All the required repairs were completed that night.

The power went off just after 6:30 p.m. for all customers on the Marysville grid, which includes parts of Kimberley. It went back on just before 11 p.m.

Tammen says that winter outages can last longer as they take longer to repair and everyone should be prepared.

“Always be prepared for an outage with a safety kit,” she said.

An emergency kit should contain essentials for 72 hours. Stock your emergency kit with these essentials:

Flashlights

Extra batteries

First aid kit

Bottled water (2 litres per person per day)

Supplies for people with special needs

Copy of your preparedness plan

Battery or crank operated clock and radio

Corded telephone

Non-perishable, ready-to-eat foods

Warm clothing and blankets

Games, cards and books to keep everyone busy

You may need additional supplies for lengthy outages.

Remember to pull out your emergency kit once a year and make sure it still fits the needs of your household. Replace batteries with fresh ones.