FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Saturday’s rain storm knocked out power to thousands and caused damage to property all over the B.C. Peace.
With wind gusts of up to 63 km/h and heavy rain at times, the storm left over 3,000 customers without power in the B.C. Peace Saturday. The worst hit was the community of Tumbler Ridge. There were two large outages in the community that started just before 12 p.m. Saturday. Crews weren’t able to restore power until after 10 p.m., but the community is still in the dark as Hydro had planned a 6 hour power outage for Sunday morning from 6 a.m. until 12 p.m.
According to Environment Canada, the Fort St. John Airport received 48.6 mm of rain Saturday and may have set a new record. The old record was from 1966 when the community received 48.5 mm.
Dawson Creek saw 45.6 mm of rain beating the old record of 23 mm from 1991. Fort Nelson on the other hand only saw a small amount of rain Saturday with a precipitation total of 15.3 mm. Higher elevations outside of Tumbler Ridge even saw snow.
Around Fort St. John the storm knocked down several trees with some landing on decks and others landing on area roads. The 242 road was closed temporarily while residents removed a tree from the road.
The video below from Facebook shows a boat being pushed around Charlie Lake during the storm.
The forecast still calls for more rain in the region. The latest forecast suggests we could see rain every day from now until Friday September 2.
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