Falling tree branch causes outage at Jewel Lake on July 18

At around 2:20 p.m. last Thursday (July 18) approximately 53 customers in the Jewel Lake area experienced an afternoon without electricity.


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At around 2:20 p.m. last Thursday (July 18) approximately 53 customers in the Jewel Lake area experienced an afternoon without electricity.

According to Michael Allison, corporate communications advisor for FortisBC, the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene when smoke was reported rising from a power line.

The fire department ensured the area was safe and FortisBC arrived on the scene shortly after to begin assessment and repairs.

The cause of the outage was determined to be a tree branch that had fallen across the wires due to winds in the area. The tree branch began smoking, however there was no fire.

The branch was removed and power was restored to customers at 6:33 p.m.

On the previous day, winds in the area had caused an outage for 47 customers due to tree branches on the line. Jewel Lake resident Mal Logan said the wind on Wednesday had been accompanied by hail three mm in diameter.

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