Power problems persist

UPDATE: 6:01 p.m.

FortisBC claims issues with power in the Summerland area have been resolved, but multiple Castanet readers claim their power is still out.

Fortis said they rebooted power to the area following a motor vehicle incident which compromised their main line earlier Sunday afternoon. They said power would be restored quickly, following the reboot.

When Castanet spoke with FortisBC at 5:15 p.m., a representative said power should be restored "within a few minutes."

Those still experiencing outages can call Fortis directly to report the issue at 1-866-436-7847.

UPDATE: 3:20 p.m.

FortisBC has confirmed that a motor vehicle accident took out one of the main lines that supplies the West Bench, Sage Mesa and Summerland areas with power earlier today.

The main line has been fixed, but according to a FortisBC representative, localized power outages could persist for a few more hours as a result of the reboot. 

Castanet will continue to update if more information becomes available.

UPDATE: 3:10 p.m.

Reports from readers indicate that although FortisBC's website indicates power has been restored to areas south of Summerland, there are still customers without power. 

Castanet is investigating, and will update.

UPDATE: 2:33 p.m.

FortisBC indicates power has been restored to affected areas south of Summerland following power outages for over 1,000 customers that began just after 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon. 

ORIGINAL: 2 p.m. 

Around 1,000 customers are without power in the West Bench and Sage Mesa areas south of Summerland and in Penticton.

FortisBC's outage map confirms the affected areas stretch south from the Pyramid picnic ground nearly to Green Mountain Road.

The website indicates a repair is needed, and Castanet will update with more information as it becomes available.

No estimated time of resumed power is available at this time.

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