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UPDATE: Quick BC Hydro response to downed tree restored power to 10K Port Coquitlam customers

A tree was knocked down and has caused a significant outage in several local neighbourhoods.
Port Coquitlam power outage - Oct. 12, 2021
A tree that knocked down power lines caused a major outage in Port Coquitlam on Oct. 12, 2021.

Oct. 13 @ 9 a.m.

It only took BC Hydro under a couple of hours to completely restore electricity to nearly 10,000 of its customers in Port Coquitlam.

A downed tree Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 12) caused a major power outage after it landed on wires in the area of Shaughnessy Street south of the Lougheed Highway and north of the Mary Hill Bypass.

A total of 9,639 customers went dark.

According to BC Hydro, power was restored at 5:30 p.m. to 7,897 customers accounting for 82 per cent of the affected area (east of Lougheed, west of Eastern Drive, south of Shaftsbury Avenue and north of Fortress Drive).

Electricity came back on for the other 1,742 households, businesses and facilities yesterday at 5:15 p.m. (west of Elgin Avenue, east of Tatla Place, south of Kingsway Avenue and north of Kelly Avenue).


5 p.m.

It appears half of the power lost to nearly 10,000 Port Coquitlam households and businesses has been restored.

BC Hydro is reporting outages that still remain for 4,652 customers after a tree went down on some power lines today (Oct. 12). 

Crews are currently en route to try to restore power to all affected areas.

This includes:

  • North of Coquitlam Road, west of Kingsway Avenue, south of Shaftsbury Avenue and east of Chilko Drive
  • West of Elgin Avenue, east of Tatla Place, south of Kingsway Avenue and north of Kelly Avenue

We'll update this story with more information as it becomes available.

4:40 p.m.

Thousands of Tri-City residents are without power thanks to a downed tree on some BC Hydro lines.

The provincial power company is reporting nearly 10,000 customers currently without electricity resulting from the incident.

The outage took place around 4:30 p.m. this afternoon (Oct. 12).

More to come...