Buntzen closed on weekend due to windstorm

Several trees downed had to be cleared by BC Hydro; reopen Monday morning

The windstorm that rolled through the Tri-Cities on the weekend forced BC Hydro to close the Buntzen Lake Recreational Area on Saturday after several large trees fell.

BC Hydro spokesperson Kevin Aquino said the park was reopened Monday at 9 a.m. after the trees, many of which had fallen along the road into the park as well as trails, were cleared.

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The storm also caused several power outages in the Tri-Cites on Saturday but they have since been taken care of. The biggest affected 3,426 customers in Port Coquitlam south of Lincoln Avenue to McLean Avenue which was caused by a falling tree. The power went out at 7:36 a.m., but was restored by 9:45 a.m.

Late Friday, 3,374 customers were affected along the Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam boundary for a little more than an hour by another tree falling on wires. The outage occurred at 10:49 p.m., but the power was back on by 11:55 to an area between Pinetree Way, Westwood Street, Shaughnessy Street and Mariner Way.

There were three other incidents in the Tri-Cities involving trees falling on wires Saturday that affected a total of 139 customers.

Another outage between Friday and Saturday due to equipment failure cut power to 1,741 customers southwest of Kingsway.

ggranger@tricitynews.com

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