BLUEBERRY RIVER, B.C. – Blueberry River First Nations says power has been restored in the community, and Kalmar Construction is inspecting all infrastructure in need of repairs.

In a statement Monday, the band says Emergency Management BC continues to monitor their situation following last week’s storm. The First Nation wasn’t put on emergency alert, and no education was ordered.

A technician is travelling to the community Tuesday to assist those still without internet.

The band says Kalmar has a file on each building, house and facility in need of repair.

“The repairs will take time, and we are trying to get as many labourers as soon as possible to start repairs,” says band administration.

Creever Store is now open as well.

“If there are any questions and anything else that needs action, please contact your family councillor.”

“Your cooperation and patience during these times are very much appreciated,” says the band.

Environment Canada is still investigating after reports of a tornado or funnel cloud touching down in Blueberry River First Nations, Doig First Nation, and Prespatou last Wednesday.

Multiple residents posted the aftermath of the storm on social media. A slew of videos and photos show damaged homes and multiple trees knocked over. There were also reports of trailers being lifted off the ground.

Several outages were reported due to downed power lines during the storm.

BC Hydro crews from the Lower Mainland, Prince George and Terrace, were brought in to help local crews restore power. The storm left approximately 5,000 customers without power in the B.C. Peace, with some communities being without power until Sunday.

As of Monday, July 5th, 2021, at 2 p.m., 246 customers are still without power in northern B.C.

A Red Creek muster station was also set up to help residents affected near the subdivision.

Many residents, businesses and organizations have donated items to the emergency station over the past few days including, generators, food and water. Residents also drove supplies to Blueberry River First Nations as the community was also impacted by the storm.

The station will be available until at least Friday, said Michelle Richard. Anyone looking to donate supplies such as food and water can call Michelle Richard at 778-256-6480.

The Peace River Regional District says anyone who requires food or cannot remain in their home due to wind damage or prolonged loss of power should call the PRRD at 250-784-3200 or 1-800-670-7773.