Windstorm Damage Still Being Tallied
Sky Hi Scaffolding in Quesnel – photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – Damage is still being tallied from the weekend windstorm that ripped through the central and northern regions of B.C.In Quesnel, the windstorm peeled back the roof of the Ski Hi scaffolding company on Two Mile Flats. There were numerous incidents of trees down across wires, and as the photo at right illustrates, across the roofs of homes .
In Prince George, much the same story as trees took out power lines, blocked driveways and roadways. In the case of Otway Road near the Nordic Ski Centre, the road was blocked for several hours as crews removed debris, and repaired power lines.
In addition to the physical damage, there is the financial pinch as well. Numerous stores in the Westgate shopping complex, including Walmart, had to usher customers out the door when power failures meant there was no security, no working cash registers. Customers wandered out, leaving their full shopping carts behind.
Shops along certain streets in the downtown core of Prince George were also plunged into darkness.
BC Hydro continues to work on restoring service to its customers. In some areas, service may not be restored until later today. BC Hydro has asked its customers to be patient, as the magnitude of the windstorm was widespread from Williams Lake north to Ft. St. John, and west to Prince Rupert.