Second power outage in three days hits Kelowna


KELOWNA - Fortis B.C. says it has restored power to a swath of downtown Kelowna, although customers could still experience intermittent outages.

According to Fortis’s Twitter feed, the outage began early this morning and extended from Harvey Avenue to Clement Avenue and from Water Street to Gordon Drive.

However, the Kelowna Family Y in Rutland is reporting its power went out at the same time this morning, forcing it to shut the pool for the day. The facility in Rutland is well outside the outage area reported by Fortis.

A Kelowna Family Y spokesperson in a press release said the electrical surge at 8:10 a.m. damaged some electrical components and blew out some lights.

The building was evacuated as a precaution and full power was restored around 11 a.m. although the pool remains closed.

A media spokesperson for Fortis did not immediately respond to a request for an interview. No mention was made of the suspected cause of the power outage.

An earlier power outage on Sunday, July 3 left some 20,000 customers without power in Kelowna in the Hollywood Road and Saucier Road area around 7 p.m.

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