Heavy rain is falling in Metro Vancouver Monday, as BC Hydro crews and commuters try and cope with the cleanup from Saturday’s big windstorm.
BC Hydro is slowly reducing the number of customers in Metro Vancouver without electricity – 46,000 as of 12 p.m. Monday.
” The good news is that crews made excellent progress throughout the night overnight.”
That is Hydro spokesperson Simi Heer.
She adds crews estimate all power will be restored by the end of the day.
At its height on Saturday, the storm knocked out power for more than half a million customers
BC Hydro’s web page listing power outages in the province is back up and running. Click here to view the web page.
Capilano University’s North Vancouver campus is closed because of to a power outage.
The FortisBC operations centre in Surrey is closed because of a power outage, so most of the 600 people who work there are being told to stay home today.
Fortis says emergency service is not affected.
A rainfall warning was put into in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, with up to 50 millimetres expected on Monday.
That means roads are slick, and with many drivers seeming to have forgotten, you’re urged to remember to use to four-way-stop procedures at intersections without traffic lights.
Keep catch basins on streets free of debris
Curbs and gutters are filled with leaves and branches from the weekend’s storm.
City of Vancouver deputy city manager Sadhu Johnston is asking the public to pitch in.
“We are asking residents, as we’ve been asking for the last 24 hours, for residents to help clear storm drains.”
Johnston says people can also help by calling 3-1-1 if they notice damage from wind or rain.
Traffic lights out causing havoc on roads
A couple in Burnaby almost got run over in a busy intersection because cars were not following the four-way-stop procedure.
According to the local couple, the traffic light at the intersection of Willingdon and Kingsway has been out for ours, making it a very dangerous crossing.
“Nobody is kind of obeying the rules, they are all kind of chaotic. We almost got hit three times walking through the intersection”
He explains the scene was almost one out of a movie.
“When you’re walking past the intersection, it sounds like you know when you are watching TV and there’s car horns in the background in New York, it sounds just like that. And people are nuts, and they’re blocking the intersection”
Phone and Internet service outages
Some Telus and Shaw telephone and internet users are also reporting problems.
Shawn Hall speaks for Telus and says their problems are tied to the power outages.
“When power goes out we go onto battery and generator backups. And so we’ve got crews out there refueling and recharging the backup system. They’ve been out there through the night and doing that. And for the most part, customers are up and running.”
He says there are also a few sites they can’t reach because of live downed power lines, and can’t give a timeline for service to be fully restored, as it hinges BC Hydro.