British Columbia

Power, phones, internet knocked out on Gabriola, Mudge Islands

BC Hydro says a barge carrying a tall crane took down power lines last night between Mudge Island and Vancouver Island knocking out power to about 3,500 customers.

Hydro crews have to wait for favourable tides to get to Mudge Island to make repairs

Damage to power lines from Vancouver Island to Mudge Island also means no electricity for people on Gabriola Island. (BC Hydro)

BC Hydro says a barge carrying a tall crane took down overhead power lines last night between Mudge Island and Vancouver Island, knocking out power to about 3,500 customers.

"That means the power is out not only on Mudge but to Gabriola as well," said Ted Olynyk, BC Hydro's spokesperson for Vancouver Island.

Making repairs will require getting hydro crews and vehicles to Mudge Island, which is not accessible by car or ferry.

"That will be dependent on tides," he said. "It looks unlikely we can get power on by tonight."

Olynyk said it's difficult to put a firm estimate on when power will be restored, but the outage could last for the next 24 to 48 hours.

Internet, phone service out

Internet, landline and cellular phone service on Gabriola Island are also down because a fibre optic cable was damaged in the incident, Telus said.

About 400 internet and 1,200 telephone customers are affected.

It could take until the weekend to get those services up and running again because repairs to the fibre optic cable won't happen until Hydro has repaired the power lines, Telus said.

Mudge Island and Gabriola Island are located near Nanaimo.

Overhead power lines provide power and telecom service to Mudge and Gabriola Islands. (Derek Kilbourn/Gabriola Sounder)

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