Update: 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 16
B.C. Hydro hsa confirmed that the cause of Monday afternoon’s power outage in Vernon was a result of vandalism.
“Actually this case was pretty unusual,” sad Jennifer Walker-Larsen, community relations for BC Hydro.
She explained that an individual was seen shaking a guy wire — a tensioned cable designed to add stability to the power pole.
“Apparently the shaking caused the pole to sway and the power lines to move so two of the lines contacted and that resulted in a power outage,” she said. “The crew went to the site and attended to the guy wire, added another guard and did those repairs so hopefully it won’t happen again.”
According to the B.C. hydro website, at least 2,400 customers were without power since from around 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday.
Update: 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 16
The Morning Star has reached out to B.C. Hydro for more information regarding the cause of the outage.
Original: 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 15
Power has been knocked out to a good portion of the City of Vernon.
BC Hydro states on its website that at least 2,400 customers have been without power since around 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Accoring to the Hydro site, power is out south of 37th Avenue, north of Highway 6 , west of Bodwell Road, east of 27th Ave., as well the 1800 block of 53rd AVenue, the 3900 block of 27th Avenue and the 4000 blocks of 30th and 32nd Avenues.
Crews have been assigned to each case.