Power restored in Nelson

A 45-minute power outage this afternoon originated in the FortisBC system, according to Nelson Hydro.

A 45-minute power outage this afternoon originated in the FortisBC system, according to Nelson Hydro.

“I don’t know exactly what happened but the problem was on one of Fortis’s transmission lines,” Nelson Hydro general manager Alex Love says. “They’re now feeding us on an alternate line.”

Electricity went out at about 2:15 p.m. to all Nelson Hydro customers and was restored around 3 p.m., although Love says they are still dealing with a few calls that may indicate they have isolated outages within their own system.

“Certainly 99 per cent of our customers are back on now,” he says.

Ruth Sulentich of FortisBC says the outage was due to high winds and also affected some of their customers, although it has been restored to them as well.

She didn’t know exactly what happened either.