Update (July 20). . . A nearly 10-hour power outage to Peachland was caused by workers of a tree falling company who felled a tree in West Kelowna in the wrong direction.
The tree falling crew was working in the Broadview area, near Elliot Road, on private property. The tree they were cutting down landed on a major set of power lines, according to BC Hydro.
Just last year, BC Hydro spent several million dollars upgrading power service to Peachland, installing new, taller power poles that carry two sets transmission lines, instead of just one. The move was meant in part to lessen the chance of future, major power outages.
According to BC Hydro, Thursday’s tree falling mishap took place just outside the area involved in last year’s work. The power company will be going after the unnamed tree falling company to recoup the cost of restoring power.
Thursday’s incident cut power to nearly 4,000 BC Hydro customers.
by Dave Preston
The entire District of Peachland is under a boil water notice due to a major power failure.
BCHydro is reporting that a tree fell on powerlines. That resulted in a loss of power to all of Peachland and to parts of West Kelowna.
The power went out shortly after 10 a.m.
A problem with the chlorination of the town’s water resulted from the power outage. Residents are advised not to drink tap water unless first boiled.
Although power is expected to be restored by about 4 p.m., the boil water notice is expected to be in place for about 24 hours.
Power was restored shortly after 7: 30 p.m.