BC Hydro crews deserving of praise
- January 2, 2019
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Some people just love to complain.
It's hard to find any degree of fault with BC Hydro over its plan of attack to restore service to customers following the massive wind storm
This was a storm unlike any other to ever hit such a wide area of the region. It was a mammoth job just to begin getting everyone back on the grid.
Despite the magnitude of the outage, BC Hydro received plenty of criticism that really is unwarranted when you look at the big picture.
More than 700,000 customers had their service restored by
BC Hydro had nearly 120 crews working on
Many of the southern Gulf Islands were the hardest hit areas. The storm damaged hundreds of power lines, poles, cross-arms and transformers and left roads completely covered by trees and vegetation.
"In the southern Gulf Islands, in many areas infrastructure needs to be rebuilt or replaced," noted Chris O'Riley, BC Hydro's President and Chief Operating Officer. "We're using barges and water taxis to help move materials and more crews to the hardest hit areas."
The damage in Bamfield was some of the most severe on the Island and portions of the distribution system had to be rebuilt. With all that in mind, BC Hydro crews really did work miracles.
Sure, they're well paid for what they do in these circumstances. But they also had to leave their own families for long periods at Christmastime and worked extensively in poor weather conditions.
That's a sacrifice deserving of some praise. We all surely found out just how much our power is an essential service.