TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The District of Tumbler Ridge has released a statement regarding the Telus outage this past weekend.

The outage was due to beavers in the area who decided that the Telus fibre optic cable buried near their beaver dam was free game.

The outage occurred around 4 a.m. on Saturday, April 24th and Telus crews worked through the night to get it back up and running by 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25th.

The District is reassuring residents that although the outage was a major inconvenience, public safety services were not significantly impacted. Emergency services like police, fire, ambulance and the Northern Health emergency room at the Tumbler Ridge Health Clinic were all maintained throughout the weekend.

Many residents no longer have landlines and rely on cell phones, this disruption affected cell service, but the District says many residents could still contact their loved ones by using a neighbours phone. In one instance, a neighbour called 9-1-1 on behalf of a family who had no access to a landline.

According to a release from the District, this event serves as a reminder for residents to be prepared to take care of themselves for a minimum of 72 hours during an emergency.