A series of power outages affect hundreds of B.C. Hydro customers near Quesnel on Tuesday, July 23. (BC Hydro outage map screenshot)

UPDATE: Power out in areas around Quesnel

Downed tree and hydro lines on West Fraser Road near MacDonald Sub., single lane alternating traffic

UPDATE:

Wind storms have knocked out power to over 500 B.C. Hydro customers south of Quesnel.

According to B.C.Hydro’s online outage map, as of 8:39 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 221 customers are currently without power west of Red Bluff Road, east of Garner Road, south of Plywood Road due to a wire down. B.C. Hydro crews are currently on site.

Fallen trees have also downed wires in Rich Bar west of Hayman Crescent, the 3200 block of Hanson Road, the 2100 block Lovelidge Road as well as on on the 2100 block Gabriel Road causing 334 customers to lose power. B.C. Hydro crews are currently on site or have been assigned to all of those locations.

The DriveBC website is reporting that West Frasesr Road between MacDonald Road and Jackpines Flats Road is down to single lane alternating traffic, due to downed hydro lines and trees on the road. Drivers can expect delays of up to 20 minutes.

ORIGINAL STORY:

West Frasesr Road. Downed hydro lines between MacDonald Rd and Jackpines Flats Rd. Due to tree on road. Single lane alternating traffic. Expect delays. Please except up to 20 minute delays.

High winds have caused power outages affecting over 894 customers south of Quesnel and the closure of West Fraser Road on Tuesday afternoon.

BC Hydro’s online outage map shows that 563 customers on West Fraser Road south of Abbott Drive have been without power since 2:56 p.m. due to a wire down. Crews have been assigned to remedy the problem.

Another outage occurred in Rich Bar at 3:07 p.m., affecting 325 customers, the cause of which is currently under investigation and crews are on-site.

A third outage has been reported on the 2100 block Gabriel Road due to a wire down, affecting 6 customers. Crew are currently on0site at this location as well.

According to the DriveBC website, West Fraser Road has been closed due to downed hydro lines and trees on the road between MacDonald Road and Jackpines Flats Road. B.C. Hydro is on scene, there is no estimated time of opening and no detour at this time.

Environment Canada had issued a sever thunderstorm warning for Quesnel Tuesday afternoon but it has since been lifted.

Check BC Hydro’s Outage Map and DriveBC for updates.

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