Power still not fully restored on Bowen

After much of the island went dark Sunday evening, most of the 1,600 affected homes had power restored within 24 hours. But a few homes out in Eaglecliff are still without power, two days later.

The BC Hydro outage map shows that there are up to five homes in the Eaglecliff area still without power, two days after high winds brought down trees wires on Bowen, plunging much of the island into darkness as temperatures dropped.

The map says that the issue is a downed wire and that crews are on site, with power expected to be restored by 7 p.m.

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Homes on the west side of the island, in the Tunstall Bay area, had outages yesterday afternoon and evening, and some homes were without power overnight. 

Sunday's windstorms blew trees down over powerlines, causing several road closures, including one on Finisterre Road. Ferry cancellations left the island without BC Hydro support between 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. Monday. All the while, the island has been getting some of the coldest weather of the year, with temperatures dropping to -5 Celcius Sunday night, and daytime highs hovering at +1. 

Bowen's Extreme Weather Shelter at Collins Hall has been activated and will be open this evening as a safe and warm place to sleep. 

The BC Hydro website reminds people: "If you come across a downed or damaged power line, assume its live and a danger. Stay back at least 10 metres (the length of a bus) and dial 911 to report."

The municipality has reminded people in the past to be prepared for power outages and other potential emergency situations. 

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