BC Hydro crews worked through the late afternoon and far into the night to restore power to an estimated 1,045 customers to the north of the village after a tree fell on power lines near Highway 99 and the Mons Road railway crossing on Sunday (Oct. 29). The major outage took place at 4:35 p.m. and power was not restored until 2:03 a.m. the next morning.
At one point crews were telling people that the outage could take as long as 12 hours to repair.
Confusing matters, there were another 343 customers affected by partial outages, including some scheduled outages for repairs to BC Hydro equipment. Others temporarily lost power during the repairs or for other reasons. BC Hydro lists 13 separate outages altogether.
The tree fell on its own accord, possibly as a result of rising winds in the Whistler area.