One of the most destructive storms in a decade slammed B.C. a year ago today, knocking out power to half a million homes at it’s peak.
A year removed from the storm, BC Hydro says they’re proud of their response in restoring power to residents affected.
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Spokesperson Simi Heer says a lot of logistical lessons were learned last August 29th, but she maintains the work that BC Hydro did in the hours and days after the peak of the storm was beyond what they have done in the past.
“In fact, our response to this storm was the most efficient it has ever been. To give you a comparison, after the storm, we restored power to all customers within five days. The next comparable storm happened in 2006 when 470,000 customers lost power and power restoration took ten days.”
Heer says the storm was unique in the sense it forced resources throughout the Metro Vancouver region and other parts of the province.
Wind gusts of as much as 110 kilometres an hour battered the West Coast, knocking down trees, power lines, and causing chaos on the roads.
“That storm was the largest storm event in BC Hydro history. The storm caused extensive damage to our system and several field managers said it was unprecedented damage to the system.”
A year later, the City of Vancouver has still not come out with the total costs of the cleanup and declined a comment request from CKNW.