Newspaper article The Canadian Press

BC Hydro Still Working to Restore Electricity Following Ice Storms

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

BC Hydro Still Working to Restore Electricity Following Ice Storms

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Thousands still without power after B.C. storms

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Propane torches are among the tools crews are using to help restore power to thousands of customers still in the dark after ice storms swept through British Columbia's Fraser Valley.

BC Hydro spokeswoman Tanya Fish said teams have been working around the clock and have restored electricity for about 131,000 people since the first storm hit on Thursday, but about 9,000 others are still without power.

Another storm came Friday, leaving the region coated in thick layers of ice, which snapped tree branches and downed power lines.

Some BC Hydro substations were also frozen solid, with sensitive equipment encased in ice.

Crews finished repairs to the substations Saturday night, but the work took some unusual tools, Fish said.

"To do this crews actually had to manually de-ice frozen equipment using propane heaters and propane torches to melt the ice," she said. …

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