Tree, branches, wires down as second storm strikes Maple Ridge

Power out as wind speed picks up in Friday afternoon storm

  • Oct. 14, 2016 1:00 p.m.
Charlene Wright and Braydon check out effects of storm in back yard.

Charlene Wright and Braydon check out effects of storm in back yard.

Maple Ridge is feeling the effects of round two of a trio of storms battering the south coast of B.C.

At least five areas are without power, as of mid-afternoon Friday. B.C. Hydro’s power outage map shows that there’s a power outage in central Maple Ridge, north of Lougheed Highway and east of 227th Street, almost as far as 240th Street. About 2,654 customers in that area were affected after the lights went out just before 1 p.m., Friday.

Charlene Wright, who lives within the area on 117th Avenue, just east of downtown, was resigned to having to use the barbecue to cook dinner Friday.

But that was OK. An evergreen tree, about 30 metres tall, had just fallen from her neighbour’s yard, into the back of her property.

“I saw it coming down,” she said. She grabbed her son Braydon from the back of the house and ran towards the front, just in case the tree hit the back of the house.

However, the storm managed to place the tree in almost the perfect position diagonally at the back of the yard, far from the house, with just minor damage to the corner of a shed.

“We just got off lucky, that it didn’t wreck anything. It seemed to come down just perfectly.

“I’m just glad it didn’t end up in my house.”

An arbourist had said the tree might fall after three cottonwood trees were removed from her yard earlier this year.

Two other outages are reported in Thornhill,  another near Silver Valley, and another north of Webster’s Corners, east of 256th Street and north of 124th Avenue.

Maple Ridge firefighters were busy Friday afternoon scrambling to calls of wires down on the ground while TransLink warned of service disruptions. “More people than usual tend to take transit during nasty weather – and extra crowding and power outages affecting traffic signals mean longer journey times should be expected across the region,” TransLink said in a release.

Environment and Natural Resources Canada said winds would hit up to 90 kmh early Friday afternoon before easing later into the evening. Another storm is due to hit Saturday.

To inquire about power outages in your area, go to BC Hydro’s website.











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