Storm drives action

The lights are back on and Cherryville residents are preparing for the next possible emergency.

The lights are back on and Cherryville residents are preparing for the next possible emergency.

Electricity was restored by mid-Thursday after being knocked out Monday by snow-covered trees falling on to power lines.

“We have learned some lessons,” said Hank Cameron, Cherryville’s director.

One of the items that will be pursued further is possibly getting a generator for the community hall so it can be used as a gathering place if homes are without heat.

“There is a big commercial kitchen there so we could feed people,” said Cameron.

Cameron also wants to hold discussions with B.C. Hydro about cutting back tree limbs near power lines so further outages can be avoided.

“They are reluctant to do anything until trees come down,” he said.

“We need to be proactive and clear anything that looks like a hazard.”

Residents are also being urged to use last week’s outage as a reminder that emergencies can occur any time.

“Be prepared at home and look after each other,” said Cameron, adding that residents rallied behind each other during the storm.

With no electricity, some residents were unable to use their well because they need power to operate. That meant fuel for generators and bottled water were in high demand.

“Frank’s Store and the Emporium deserve full credit for staying open (through the use of generators),” said Cameron.

“I am really proud of everyone in the community.”