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Power largely restored after Friday's big storm; Gabriola Island hit particularly hard

Nov 14 2011

About 125 B.C. Hydro customers on Gabriola Island had to wait more than two days before having their power restored after powerful winds rocked Vancouver Island on Friday.

The storm grounded planes, cancelled ferries and knocked over trees, which tore down power lines along the Island, killing electricity to about 35,000 homes.

Much of the electrical system had been restored by late Saturday, but the storm hit Gabriola Island particularly hard. Most of the 1,700 homes without power in the Nanaimo area were on Gabriola, said Ted Olynyk, spokesman for B.C. Hydro.

Crews and contract workers worked long hours on Saturday restoring power, but had to leave the small Island community on the last ferry out. They returned Sunday morning and continued working.

About 120 customers in the Coho Drive and Thompson Road area remained without power Sunday afternoon, but power to those and most others should have been back on by 4 p.m., B.C. Hydro said.