Get Ready for Lights Out
Prince George, B.C. – BC Hydro will be starting a series of planned outages in Prince George tomorrow morning to upgrade equipment.
The first outage, set to start at 7 a.m. Monday the 18th, will impact a dozen residences on St. Mark Crescent (street address #’s 7682-7712, 7721 ) and will last up to 12 hours.
BC Hydro will then move through that neighbourhood and parts of College Heights through to the 28th of this month. In each case, the outage is expected to start at 7 am and last until 7 pm. says BC Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer “What we have is a change out of low profile transformers, these are the short stubby transformers you see in a lot of people’s front yards near the road. We are changing out 108 of them, starting on Monday the 18th and going through to the 29th, and then I think there may be another project later in the fall”. He says some of the transformers are at the end of their lives, and some are being upgraded from handling 12 thousand volts to 25 thousand volts in preparation for BC Hydro’s conversion to 25 thousand volt lines.
But the one planned outage which will have the biggest impact, comes in the wee hours of July 24th.
From 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the 24th, about 9 thousand customers in the north end of the City will be without power as BC Hydro replaces a pole. “We are replacing a pole structure in an area that is prone to erosion” says Gammer “This is a transmission line that runs west of Foothills Boulevard up past the Foothills Landfill site to the Chief Lake sub station. This is why we have to take the sub station out , the line that feeds the substation is the one we are working on .”
With the exception of those who live on North Nechako Road, the July 24th outage will impact everyone in areas along Highway 97 north of the Nechako River to Salmon Valley including Hart Highlands, Chief Lake, Nukko Lake, Ness Lake, Salmon Valley and Shady Valley .
This major outage was supposed to have taken place on July 10th, but Gammer says the weather just didn’t cooperate “We had to reschedule because of all this rain. It was just making the work area potentially unsafe.”
There are things residents can do to prepare for an outage says Gammer “Get any kind of work you need to get done ahead of time. A lot of these are on different days, so we have outages ranging from the 18th through to the 28th depending on where you live, so we would really encourage people to check the BC Hydro website.”
He says you should leave one light on outside the house so crews know power has been restored to your home, and one light on inside for yourself. Gammer says while some may want to unplug certain items, that’s a personal call, but says there is no need to worry about your fridge or freezer “Keep your deep freeze closed if you can, and keep it closed for the whole day. The contents of your freezer are not going to defrost in a 12 hour period especially if you keep it closed.”