Massive power outage hit most of Vernon Wednesday night – Vernon News

UPDATE: 9:25 PM

Power for Vernon residents has been restored after a problem at the local substation cut power to more than 16,000 homes Wednesday night.

BC Hydro’s outage map shows the massive outage has been resolved and the lights around Vernon are back on.

Dag Sherman, community relations manager at BC Hydro, said the outage was caused by a problem at the Vernon substation, which caused some circuits to shut down.


UPDATE: 8:35 PM

BC Hydro has yet to determine how long the widespread power outage in Vernon will last.

At approximately 7 p.m., more than 16,000 customers in the Vernon area were out of power due to a problem at the Vernon substation.

“We don’t know the exact cause at this point… but it was a problem with some equipment in the substation and it knocked out a few circuits feeding a number of customers, about 16,000 roughly in the Vernon area,” Dag said. Sherman, community relations manager at BC Hydro.

Sherman says crews are currently working at the substation to fix the problem, but they haven’t determined how long the outage could last.


ORIGINAL: 7:20 PM

A massive power outage left thousands of Vernon residents without power on Wednesday night.

BC Hydro’s outage map shows that power went out for thousands of homes in the city at about 7 p.m.

The cause of the outage is currently being “investigated” and crews are en route.

The outage affects more than 16,000 homes north to Swan Lake, west to Beachcomber Bay and east to Lavington.

Castanet will update this story when more information becomes available,

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