UPDATE: 1,200 still without power in Shuswap

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SALMON ARM - More than 1,200 customers are still without power in the Shuswap area after power was restored to about 1,700 customers earlier today.

A few customers have been without power since Tuesday afternoon but for many the power went out early Wednesday morning. B.C. Hydro is blaming the snow storm that buried the area for most of the outages, though the largest current outage is specifically due to a tree across the wires, and says it will be 11 p.m. before it is able to restore power to the rest of the customers. 

A secondary outage caused by a tree across wires was restored by about 10 a.m. That outage is affecting about 1,350 customers. Another few hundred saw power restored earlier this afternoon.

More than 46 centimetres of snow fell in the Salmon Arm area Sunday and Monday, according to unofficial reports from Environment Canada, and the snow continued Tuesday, Jan. 6. 

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 9:26 a.m., Jan. 7 with new times.

— This story was updated at 2:01 p.m., Jan. 7 with additional details.


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