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Lake Country power restored

UPDATE 6:00 P.M.

Power to 2,500 Lake Country customers was restored around 5:40 p.m, after losing power at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

'Equipment Failure' is being listed as the cause and it is still unclear why the power pole on Okanagan Centre Road fell down. 

A resident in the area did report to police that the pole was leaning at a sharp angle yesterday, and today it completely fell over.


UPDATE 3:30 P.M. 

BC Hydro latest update says power should be restored by 6 p.m., six hours later then the initial estimate. 


UPDATE 2:30 P.M.

Nearly 2,500 people are still without power in Lake Country after a power pole fell and knocked out service.

The pole fell just before 10 a.m. knocking out power to the surrounding area and closing a section of Okanagan Centre Road while crews dealt with the live wire on the road.  

BC Hydro originally estimated power would be back on by noon but now say power should be restored by 4 p.m. 


ORIGINAL

Nearly 3,000 people in Lake Country are without power Wednesday morning after a hydro pole became dislodged and fell over.

The affected area is between Highway 97 and Okanagan Centre Road, near Goldie Road. Traffic is not getting through, as police at the scene say there is a live wire and are awaiting hydro crews. Some residents across the lake on Westside Road may also be affected.

BC Hydro says 2,865 customers are in the dark and they estimate that power will be restored by noon.

The live wire caused a small brushfire near the base of the pole, but that was quickly extinguished.

A resident in the area has reported to police that the pole was leaning at a sharp angle yesterday, and today it completely fell over.

-- With files from Carmen Weld

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