• Village of Telkwa

NOTICE: Planned Power Outage August 22, 2021 - BC Hydro

August 22, 2021

5:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m.


The 2021 construction season BC Hydro crews will be seen in Telkwa at roughly Birch and Cottonwood streets. The purpose of this work is to replace the transmission river crossing over the Telkwa river after the 2017 high river event that compromised one of the high

voltage towers.

This work will also require two significant power outages to the communities of Telkwa, Smithers, New Hazelton and Hazelton. The first, on August 22 from 5:00a.m. to approximately 3:00p.m., to allow crews to safely move the flow of power to a temporary bypass line, then a second, in October, to transition back to the new and improved permanent configuration. The time between the outages will be used to build the new structures.

In order to provide a safe work environment and protect the public it will be necessary to restrict traffic on the Telkwa river from the CN Rail bridge to Jay Road during these outages.

We apologize for the inconvenience this project may cause; however, we need to ensure the safety of the crews performing this important upgrade work and protect members of the public.

BC Hydro would like to thank you for your patience and understanding.

For more project information: email us at PROJECTS@BCHYDRO.COM

For outage information: call 1-800-224-9376

Telkwa River Crossing Aug outage
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  • The scheduled power outage could be cancelled without notice due to weather conditions or availability of crews due to an emergency.

  • The start (5am) and end (3pm) times for the outage are estimates and may vary. Although this outage is an inconvenience, switching the power off for longer (if needed) is prioritized to keep the crews safe.

  • PLEASE UNPLUG ANY ELECTRICAL DEVICES (phones, computers, alarm clocks, microwaves, etc.). Power surges after electricity is restored can damage devices, so it is advisable to keep your devices unplugged during the outage, and for a period after electricity is restored.

  • PLEASE UNPLUG ITEMS SUCH AS LIGHTS, HEATERS, AND MAJOR APPLIANCES. Again, the power surges that occur after electricity is restored can damage your appliances.

  • For the first hour after the power comes back on, please only plug in or turn on electronics and appliances that you really need. This gives the system time to stabilize and prevents it from getting overloaded.

  • During the power outage, elevators and garage doors will not operate. If you need to drive somewhere on Sunday, please ensure your vehicle is moved out of the garage. Traffic lights will not be working on Sunday, so if you do need to drive, please drive with caution and review the protocols for inactive traffic lights.

For more information, click here to access BC Hydro' explanation of why and how outages are planned.


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