UPDATED: Power remains out in Crawford Bay

FortisBC says power should finally be back on about to 300 customers today following Tuesday night’s big storm.

FortisBC says power should finally be restored today to about 300 customers in Crawford Bay between Bathie Rd. and Hall Rd. following Tuesday night’s big storm.

Winds brought down a number of trees, knocking out power in Crawford Bay, Kaslo, Salmo, Ymir, Nelson, and the Slocan Valley as well as portions of Trail, Rossland, Warfield, Castlegar, Creston, and Fruitvale.

“FortisBC’s first priority is to maintain the safety of the public and our crews as we respond to these outages,” the company said in a prepared statement. “Crews worked through the night to restore service and brought customers in Ymir, Warfield, Salmo and parts of Fruitvale back online.”

Two transmission lines serving Kaslo and Crawford Bay were heavily damaged. One line is now repaired and is providing power to the area until the second transmission line is repaired. The company’s website says 1,355 Kaslo customers had their power back as 5:30 p.m. Wednesday while 300 Crawford Bay customers are still without, but repairs should be completed today.

About 60 homes in the Slocan Valley were also expected to have their power restored by midnight Wednesday or later today.

Power was restored to 1,293 customers in Salmo as of 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and 50 customers around Nelway as of 4 a.m.

Power also remains out to 330 customers in Rossland.