New warning siren sound on the Campbell River tested

BC Hydro’s new siren system near the John Hart dam will sound, with a new whooping sound, for the first time this week for some tests. The new siren system should take over from the old siren system by the end of this year.

This week BC Hydro’s new public warning system for the John Hart hydroelectric facility will begin siren sound tests.

The plan is to replace the old 360-degree air raid siren sound with a whooping sound that is more directional, with the sirens facing upstream or downstream of the canyon or river.

BC Hydro communicated to the Mirror last month that it was making construction improvements to the old sirens and poles with a new system. The first set of sirens will be tested at the John Hart dam.

“The timing will be sporadic over the day, so people near the area will hear the new sirens occasionally at the dam on Wednesday through Friday,” said BC Hydro spokesperson, Stephen Watson. “Then there will be a few days next week for the siren tests downstream near the falls.”

The Mirror’s web site has a sound file on the new siren sound. The sound is identical to the siren system improvements made on the nearby Puntledge River.

Watson said the new sound may create some confusion as to what the sound means, so hence the need for community awareness.

The siren tests down by the powerhouse and by the old pulp and paper mill water intake below Second Island may take place at the end of November. The plan is to have the new system in place by the end of the year. Until then, the old system will remain in place to ensure public safety notification of sudden water flow changes.

“The new siren system will be more reliable and up to current public safety guidelines,” added Watson. “Water flow changes down Elk Falls Canyon or below the generating station can take place at any time, and it’s imperative that we have a good siren system in place to properly warn people downstream.”

The work is part of the final components of the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project.

RELATED: BC Hydro upgrades public warning siren for the Campbell River

Just Posted

Long-awaited Campbell River mountain bike park close to beginning ‘Phase 1’

‘There seems to be a disconnect between where it’s at and where people think it’s at’

Campbell River’s ‘school of hack’ gives kids inside computing edge

Teachers take ‘hacking’ back to its roots with school program

UPDATED: Man survived for ‘days’ trapped in smashed truck north of Campbell River

Duncan Moffat, 23, found by hunter beside Hwy. 19 near Sayward

Gas prices on Vancouver Island to drop six cents

But a ‘volatile’ market could lead to increases in the coming weeks

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Baloney Meter: Will tougher penalties for gang members make Canada safer?

Since 2013, gang-related homicides in Canada’s largest cities have almost doubled

Early data suggests no spike in pot-impaired driving after legalization: police

Some departments said it’s too early to provide data, others said initial numbers suggest stoned driving isn’t on the rise

Protesters confront Environment Minister in B.C.

Protesters wanting more for killer whales confront Catherine McKenna

Humans reshaping evolutionary history of species around the globe: paper

University of British Columbia researcher had the paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society

Toronto ‘carding’ activist Desmond Cole stopped by police in Vancouver

Cole says his experience reveals what daily life is like for black and Indigenous residents

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

Cowichan school district defends lack of notice to parents following elementary student arrest

Officials with School District 79 stand by their decision not to send out an alert.

Most Read