A power outage brought the entire city of Quesnel to a halt on Monday morning (June 25).
The outage occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m. as B.C. Hydro crews were doing some maintenance work on one of the transmission lines says Dave Mosure, the community relations coordinator for Northern B.C. for B.C. Hydro.
“When they opened a switch there was a malfunction,” he explains.
“[The crew] did some switching to bypass the offending piece of equipment as quickly as they could, which was shortly after nine.”
Mosure says 12,016 were affected by the outage.
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B.C Hydro breaks Quesnel down into four sections, all of which lost power.
These include: West of Red Bluff Road and south of Baker Creek Road; east of Bryce Road; east of Garner Road and; east of Glassford Road, south of Quesnel Canyon Road.
“When you’re working on the transmission level voltages you wind up with a much larger affected area,” Mosure says.
“In this case it just comes down to a piece of defective equipment breaking.”
To report an outage, call 1-800 BCHYDRO