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November 22nd, 2007
November 22nd, 2007

Power Lines and People

Hydro Lines down

While in meeting room up stairs, a truck clipped the hydro lines that crosses the road, beside the building that we were in. We all heard a thud, twice, then our power went out. I Stood up, every one followed and looked out the window to determine what happened.

A portion of the hydro lines were dangling across the middle of highway 101 in downtown Sechelt...Emergency personal were contacted...
Local store owner downstairs had contacted local authorities as well, once the high loaded truck clipped the power lines crossing the high way, beside them. As this left a power line dangerously hanging toward the height of normal traveling traffic height level. Kudos to all, the quick thinking persons who pitched in to help and make the call, re route traffic, explained the dangerous of why not to walk near the area.  Traffic was immediately rerouted to avoid any connection to the power lines from all four directions, initially by locals with initial roles by those who aided in maintaining control of the situation.

As Hydro and the Sechelt Fire Department arrived, the overall situation was resolved, quickly. Power was restored safely and the roads were back to normal in a short amount of time.

It was just reminder how easily these situations can develop. This could have been a situation where first aid training would be essential had anyone actually been injured.

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