Despite construction of the new transmission structures being slower than expected due to challenging ground conditions and access issues, BC Hydro expects to have the work completed before next weekend's Grizfest music festival.
At that time, a planned outage will be required to connect the new conductors to the existing transmission line. The day and length of the planned outage will be announced early next week.
Power to Tumbler Ridge remains uninterrupted, but the existing transmission structure is still considered to be at risk, which could increase should weather conditions deteriorate. Should the transmission structure fall, a power outage will occur in Tumbler Ridge. In that event, the back-up generation units on site would serve all emergency and critical infrastructure needs in Tumbler Ridge, as well as the ShopEasy grocery store, the town's two gas stations and the community centre.
For other customers, the length of a potential outage would depend on progress on the long-term solution and whether other temporary solutions are feasible given the challenging ground conditions.
Individuals are advised that using small portable generators can be a potential safety risk to BC Hydro crews if the generator has not been installed correctly, so BC Hydro is encouraging residents with those generators to visit www.bchydro.com/news/power_outages/home_outages.html#6 for information on precautions.
BC Hydro will continue to provide information and as much advance notice as possible of potential power interruptions through its website, and also through the offices and website of the District of Tumbler Ridge.