British Columbia

Power to 8000 Prince Rupert and Port Edward customers restored

Power is back on for all Prince Rupert and Port Edward customers after losing the utillity for seven hours on Saturday.

Power knocked out on B.C.'s North Coast for 7 hours after transmission circuit failure

A transmission circuit failure knocked out power to approximately 8,000 customers around 11:30 a.m. PT this morning.

BC Hydro has restored power to all customers in Prince Rupert and Port Edward.

On Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT, 8,000 customers were without power due to a transmission circuit fail.

"We appreciate everyone's patience, this has been an unusually long power outage for Prince Rupert," said Simi Heer, a spokesperson for BC Hydro.

"We do have redundancy built into the system so if there is an issue on the transmission line we have back-up generation that's supposed to kick in and supply power to the city. However today there were also issues at that generation facility."