Nearly 30,000 people lose power on Vancouver Island amid rare spring snow – BC

BC Hydro said nearly 30,000 customers on Vancouver Island lost power Sunday morning in an area just north of Nanaimo.

Most of the outages affected Qualicum Beach and Parksville, an area that saw rare spring snowfall on Sunday.

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BC Hydro cited several causes for the outages, including faulty transmission circuits, downed wires and the snowstorm itself.

“The failure of #Vancouver Island was caused by heavy, wet snow that knocked down several trees,” the state-owned company said.

“Crews are working to complete repairs, but customers may still experience an outage once the line is restored due to smaller localized damage.”

As of 5 p.m., BC Hydro said it had reduced the number of outages to around 1,000.

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