Easter Monday’s snowfall knocked down branches in Nelson and knocked out power in Balfour. Bob Hall photo

LETTER: Nelson Hydro should look at improving summer tree removal program

Balfour resident without power Easter Monday

Well, on Easter Monday we awoke to maybe 10 centimetres of snow and no electricity. The power came on close to dinner time. I’m glad I wasn’t having guests over for a fancy dinner. Throughout the day there were maybe four or five surges as repairs were undertaken. Those power fluctuations are very hard on electrical equipment like fridges, freezers, and industrial tools.

Nelson Hydro has been annually increasing rates by several percentages lately and from what I have read in the newspaper, the city has been using a healthy portion of the profits for Hall Street development and other projects. This does nothing to improve the ratepayers’ service in the outlying areas.

Why is it that such a minor spring snow storm knocks down so many trees that we are out of service for over 10 hours?

Why aren’t more of those hydro profits invested into line maintenance?

“A stitch in time saves nine” my mother used to tell me. Those hydro repair workers were likely getting double time to work on getting the electricity flowing again on the Easter weekend. Wouldn’t it have been less expensive and better customer service in the long run to do the summer tree removal program more thoroughly?

C. Burton,


Just Posted

Granite Pointe opens for the season

All 18 holes at the golf course opened Monday

COLUMN: Civic Theatre celebrates the past and targets for the future

See all films in Ingman Bergman’s Trilogy for the price of two

Three Nelson organizations get provincial funding to fight violence against women

The money is part of $6.5 million from the provincial government

COLUMN: Facing the perils of social media

We don’t want to be governed by people with shrinking brains

Nelson to hold open house on cannabis survey results

City staff will review results and present options for regulation

UPDATED: 9 killed, 16 injured after van hits pedestrians in Toronto

Toronto police say nine people have died and 16 are injured

As Osoyoos Indian Band flourishes, so too does Okanagan’s wine tourism

Indigenous practices have driven growth of South Okanagan’s wine history and agricultural influence

Judith Guichon steps down as Lieutenant Governor of B.C.

Election decision didn’t make her best moments from the past six years

Vancouver to rake in $30 million in empty homes tax in first year

The tax is the first of its kind in Canada, and was intended to address the city’s near-zero vacancy rate

B.C.’s snowpack continues to increase, melting delayed

River Forecast Centre official says sudden melting further into the season could cause flooding

Another B.C. First Nation voices support for Kinder Morgan pipeline

Simpcw First Nation claims people living on one-third of pipeline route support the project

Protesters argue both sides of B.C.’s SOGI curriculum at teachers’ union office

The sexual orientation and gender identity program was launched as a pilot project last year

Prankster broadcasts fake nuclear threat in Winnipeg

The audio recording on Sunday warned of a nuclear attack against Canada and the United States

ICBC reform aims to slow rising car insurance costs

‘Pain and suffering’ payouts to be capped, major injury limit to double

Most Read