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Fault at Armstrong substation created widespread power outage

February 17, 2017 - 3:17 PM

NORTH OKANAGAN - Thousands were without power this afternoon due to issues at a major substation in the North Okanagan.

Nearly 8,000 B.C. Hydro customers were cut off in Armstrong, Spallumcheen, Enderby and parts of Vernon due to a fault at the Armstrong substation around 2 p.m. Feb. 17. 

According to B.C. Hydro spokesperson Dag Sharman crews were on site within the hour. 

“The first thing they do is make sure everything’s safe and then see if they can switch power back on,” Sharman says.

By 3 p.m., power was restored. The Armstrong substation has lines that serve Vernon and Enderby, which is why the failure had such far reaching impacts. The exact cause of the failure is not yet known. 

There were roughly 7,800 hydro meters down, meaning the total number of people impacted was even higher, Sharman says.

Check here for B.C. Hydro outage updates. 

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