Tumbler Ridge mayor appeals to BC Hydro


Photo: Tumbler Ridge Mayor Larry White speaks during the PRRD meeting on Thursday in Dawson Creek – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

The Mayor of Tumbler Ridge is appealing B.C. Hydro on two separate long-term power outages in 2009.

On December 14, more than 1,700 customers were without power, in temperatures that plummeted in the minus 40’s. That was the second time in 2009 that Tumbler Ridge faced a long power outage in the winter. The town also lost power for a day in February 2009 .

White announced at the Peace River Regional District Meeting on Thursday, that he has written the crown corporation about the separate power outages.

B.C. Hydro blamed the outage on a substation fault, but White says the time it took to repair both incidences is unacceptable. Crews from Prince George had to come to the town to restore the power. White says the lack of power was tough on residents and equipment in the small town.

The Mayor says he has yet to get a response from B.C Hydro.

Regional Board Chair Karen Goodings says the PRRD will also be sending a letter to the crown corporation voicing it’s concern over both incidences.