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Progress made, but thousands still without power in Nanaimo area

Ian Holmes

socastcmsRssStartIan HolmessocastcmsRssEndBC Hydro crews and private contractors have been scrambling to restore power to hundreds of thousands of south coast customers.

By Ian Holmes

NANAIMO — While steady power restoration gains on the south coast have been made, BC Hydro expects some customers will be in the dark beyond Christmas day.

Nanaimo based BC Hydro spokesman Ted Olynick told NanaimoNewsNOW 9,800 customers from Chemainus to Nanoose Bay, including Gabriola Island, still don’t have power.

“In a normal storm there would be a branch on a line it would take maybe an hour to get it off,” Olynick said Monday morning. “This storm we’re not only dealing with the branch but the whole tree on a downed line and the pole is broken.”

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