Vancouver’s City Manager says the situation at a downtown temporary shelter which has been without power after flooding in the electrical room Sunday is now “under control” and “coming along.”
Penny Ballem says residents at the shelter should be able to return in two to three days, after they were evacuated last night.
Part of the problem is that a new transformer is needed to replace the old one, and Ballem says it was so old the city is searching all over North America to find a replacement.
According to Ballem, the residents live in an old building that’s ready to be developed.
“Usually the way it works is that a property owner sees the future and thinks that they’re basically going to redevelop a property, and that’s not a time they would choose to replace a legacy electrical system if it’s still working,”
Around 150 residents were forced out, most staying at other nearby locations.