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Power outage leaves residents shivering

An equipment failure left 2,600 Fernie residents without power this afternoon.

BC Hydro said that one of their two main feeders serving customers in Fernie, went down just before 3 p.m. as a result of an equipment failure, leaving half the town without power.

Most of the residences had power restored by 4:45 p.m. but residents of 70 houses had to wait for a pole to be replaced, meaning they will probably remain without power until the early hours of the morning.

“It was a fairly short outage for most customers,” said a BC Hydro spokesman. “Customers should take this as a good reminder, now that we are getting into storm season, to have an emergency kit ready, including a battery operated radio, a flashlight and blankets.”

 

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