Construction mishap caused Fort St. John power outage

A photo of the downed telephone poles and power lines along 93rd Ave. near the Pomeroy Sports Centre on Thursday. Photo by Marc Beerling.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A construction accident has been deemed to have caused most of downtown Fort St. John to lose power on Thursday afternoon.

The outage occurred at 1:02 PM on June 30th, and affected over 2000 customers. The outage extended between the Alaska Highway and 103rd Avenue, and stretched from 104th Street to 86th Street.

BC Hydro spokesperson Dave Mosure says that the cause of the outage was a conctruction mishap involving a dump truck inside the construction zone on 93rd Avenue near the Pomeroy Sports Centre. Mosure says that the dump truck caught a Telus phone line, which resulted in the failure of two power poles on either side of 93rd Ave. A similar situation involving another dump truck driver brought down power lines in Chetwynd in November of 2014, causing most of that town to lose power.