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B.C. was severely impacted by flooding during the storm that occurred from Nov. 13 to 15. More heavy rains are in the forecast this week. (Black Press Media file photo)

Incoming storms expected to bring outages, rising waters: BC Hydro

South Coast, Vancouver Island are bracing for more bad weather

 

BC Hydro is once again extending a public safety advisory to stay away from the Campbell River this week. Pictured: Elk Falls by Stephen Watson/BC Hydro

Water release increases on Campbell River system in anticipation of heavy rains

Atmospheric rivers anticipated for Wednesday, Saturday and next Tuesday

 

BC Hydro is extending the public safety advisory to stay away from the Campbell River through Wednesday, Nov. 17. Pictured: Elk Falls. Stephen Watson/ BC Hydro

BC Hydro extends heavy current warnings for the Campbell River

River flows, and the water flow around Elk Falls, continue to be high and dangerous

 

Several BC Hydro outages have left Greater Victoria residents without power Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)

50,000 without power across southern Vancouver Island

Thousands of people, multiple businesses without power across region

Several BC Hydro outages have left Greater Victoria residents without power Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)
Power outages affecting Quadra Island, and communities north of Campbell River. BC Hydro outages map

3,000 customers in communities north of Campbell River, and Quadra Island without power

Wires down due to high winds responsible for outages on Monday, Nov. 8

Power outages affecting Quadra Island, and communities north of Campbell River. BC Hydro outages map
Water levels are high on the Campbell River system as shown here at the confluence of the Quinsam and Campbell rivers on Nov. 4, 2021. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror

BC Hydro issues warning about high river flows on the Campbell system

View the falls from the safety of the suspension bridge

Water levels are high on the Campbell River system as shown here at the confluence of the Quinsam and Campbell rivers on Nov. 4, 2021. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror
Vandalism was listed as the cause of an Oct. 26 power outage on South Island Highway in Campbell River. BC Hydro Outages Map

Vandals responsible for power outage in Campbell River

Power outage occurred at 9:15 a.m. and affected less than five customers

Vandalism was listed as the cause of an Oct. 26 power outage on South Island Highway in Campbell River. BC Hydro Outages Map
Clocks in Tofino and Ucluelet got off to a slow start last week as BC Hydro crews worked to repair a transmission line connecting the West Coast to the rest of the Vancouver Island power grid. (Andrew Bailey photo)

BC Hydro work slows clocks in Tofino and Ucluelet

West Coast clocks are back on their usual 60-second-per-minute pace after a slow start last week

Clocks in Tofino and Ucluelet got off to a slow start last week as BC Hydro crews worked to repair a transmission line connecting the West Coast to the rest of the Vancouver Island power grid. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

Storm warning: B.C. West Coast prepares as best it can for inevitable rough weather

BC Hydro ready as La Nina returns, with expected intensified winds and rainfall

Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)
Water levels of the Campbell River may change rapidly. Photo by Sean Feagan.

BC Hydro warns Campbell River water levels may change rapidly

Increased rains over weekend, storm season approaching mean flows could vary

  • Oct 15, 2021
Water levels of the Campbell River may change rapidly. Photo by Sean Feagan.
The John Hart Dam and John Hart reservoir. BC Hydro photo

BC Hydro alerts Campbell River residents to siren test

John Hart facility public warning system will be tested morning of Wednesday, Oct. 20

  • Oct 13, 2021
The John Hart Dam and John Hart reservoir. BC Hydro photo
The power has been off for 195 customers on Quadra Island since shortly after 7 a.m. on Tuesday (Oct.5) morning. BC Hydro outages map

Almost 200 customers without power on Quadra Island

Second big power outage on the island in two weeks

  • Oct 5, 2021
The power has been off for 195 customers on Quadra Island since shortly after 7 a.m. on Tuesday (Oct.5) morning. BC Hydro outages map
Electronics plugs are seen on a power bar in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2018. A report from British Columbia’s main electricity distributor says many B.C. residents are “misinformed” about the most efficient and cost effective ways to reduce their carbon footprint. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini

BC Hydro report says residents unaware of best choices when cutting carbon footprint

Survey finds many are “misinformed” about the most efficient and cost-effective choices

Electronics plugs are seen on a power bar in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2018. A report from British Columbia’s main electricity distributor says many B.C. residents are “misinformed” about the most efficient and cost effective ways to reduce their carbon footprint. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini
BC Hydro is reporting power outages on Quadra and Cortes Islands, as well as Campbell River. BC Hydro outages map

195 affected by power outage on Quadra Island

BC Hydro reporting multiple outages in Campbell River and Cortes Island too

  • Sep 30, 2021
BC Hydro is reporting power outages on Quadra and Cortes Islands, as well as Campbell River. BC Hydro outages map
The landscape is dotted with power lines and poles as smoke from wildfires burning in the area fills the air while motorists travel on the Trans-Canada Highway near Walhachin, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Residents across British Columbia are being advised to prepare a well-stocked emergency kit in advance of what BC Hydro warns could be a stormy fall and winter made worse by the effects of the severe summer drought. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Drought-weakened trees, fall storms could mean more power outages: BC Hydro

Conditions mirror those in 2015 and 2018, when the utility was hit by its two most damaging storms

The landscape is dotted with power lines and poles as smoke from wildfires burning in the area fills the air while motorists travel on the Trans-Canada Highway near Walhachin, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Residents across British Columbia are being advised to prepare a well-stocked emergency kit in advance of what BC Hydro warns could be a stormy fall and winter made worse by the effects of the severe summer drought. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
LETTERS

We believe the decision by BC Hydro to not re-contract Island Generation is wrong: letter

For the past 20 years, the Island Generation facility in Campbell River…

  • Sep 14, 2021
LETTERS
Nature making soil. Elk Falls Provincial Park – falls with suspension bridge above, shrouded in mist. Photo by Leslie Cox

Increased water flows planned for the Campbell River system in coming weeks

BC Hydro warning public to be aware around Elk Falls and the canyon

  • Sep 9, 2021
Nature making soil. Elk Falls Provincial Park – falls with suspension bridge above, shrouded in mist. Photo by Leslie Cox
This boat will be collecting water flow and fish habitat information along the Campbell River beginning Sept. 2. (BC Hydro photo)

BC Hydro using remote-controlled boat to survey Campbell River

Anglers can expect to see the small yellow boat travelling along the waterway from Sept. 2 - 9

This boat will be collecting water flow and fish habitat information along the Campbell River beginning Sept. 2. (BC Hydro photo)
A swimmer swims in an unauthorized area at Comox Dam. Photo courtesy BC Hydro

Public risking lives on BC Hydro facilities pursuing perfect selfies

Incidents range from climbing transmission towers to swimming in restricted areas at dam sites

A swimmer swims in an unauthorized area at Comox Dam. Photo courtesy BC Hydro
A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BC Hydro keeping eye on large wildfire burning near transmission line

The Brenda Creek wildfire in Central Okanagan is still classified as out of control

A pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, forms in the sky as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck