BC Hydro has released an update on Thursday, December 20, after a history of hurricane recovery.
The bulletin states that some of the heaviest blows will be halted for a long time due to the amount of damage.
About 600,000 customers were initially affected by the storm (worse than the BC Hydro 20 years ago), yet there are still 66,000 power-and it's likely that this is a few days.
Some of the worst hit areas are Duncan, Nanaimo, Cowichan Lake, and the affected Gulf Islands. BC Hydro was unable to complete an exact damage assessment due to hundreds of crashing trees, some of which had not been cleared.
BC Hydro also says that Surrey can take 24 to 48 hours to recover power in some rural areas and Fraser Valley.
Teams have worked tirelessly since the first storm, BC Hydro was able to recover about 90 percent of effective customers within the first 48 hours after the storm.
According to BC Hydro, there are more than 800 field workers working in the storm to repair 1100 wire, 300 electric poles, 550 sheets and 170 transformers.
There are hundreds of individual accidents that need to be involved to make complex and long-term repairs individually for groups. BC Hydro reminds us that we can take eight hours to change a damaged electric pole, which is technically a "mini construction job".
"I know that any power outage is an issue and can provide challenges – and more at the same time this year – BC Hydro, thanking our customers for their continued patience," said Chris O & # 39; s CEO and Chief Operating Officer at BC Hydro. Said Riley. "We are doing our best to get all our customers back and our crew will work every day until our last customer".
Updated estimates for energy recovery are available when online.
From the day we hit the storm, our teams work throughout the day and will continue to do so until each customer's power is restored. In the first 48 hours, teams have rebuilt about 90 percent of effective customers. # BCStorm pic.twitter.com/9UsR2ra39c
– BC Hydro (@ bchydro) December 22, 2018