Hydro crews work around the clock to restore power to British Columbians

Hydro crews work around the clock to restore power to British Columbians

Hydro crews work around the clock to restore power to British Columbians

"The damage that was done to our pier appears to be something that will take some months for us to recoup from, it's extremely damaged", he said.

"The Gulf islands are also very hard hit area".

One person was trapped at the end of the pier and had to be airlifted by helicopter to safety at the height of the storm but no one was hurt.

Two days after a powerful Pacific storm slammed into the south coast, wreaking havoc from Vancouver Island to the Fraser Valley, tens of thousands of people remain without power.

About 88,000 hydro customers on Vancouver Island and 64,000 in the Lower Mainland remained without electricity by mid-morning, resulting in about a dozen school closures in Abbotsford and Surrey.

As of 6 am on Friday morning, crews restored power to 400,000 customers since the windstorm began Thursday morning.

In a statement issued Saturday, BC Hydro said it had called in crews from around B.C. and had more than 800 personnel in the field trying to clear downed trees and fix power lines felled in what it called "one of the most severe windstorms it has experienced in 20 years".

Residents are being asked to stay away from the area, which was hazardous and strewn with debris.

City pools and arenas are closed until further notice.

Thursday's storm left a path of destruction, killing one woman when a tree fell on her tent in Duncan, and causing Nanaimo's water treatment plant to break down and part of White Rock's beloved pier to collapse.

The file remains under investigation by the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP and the BC Coroners Service.

All wind warnings have been dropped and service is getting back to normal on BC Ferries routes after all sailings were cancelled Thursday.

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