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Sep 10, 2020

Community Wide Power Outage - District of Summerland

On Friday Sept 18th from 11:00pm to 2:00am FortisBC electric will be upgrading transmission structure insulation on the transmission line that provides power to Summerland.  The work has been scheduled to minimise any impact on residents and businesses in Summerland.

The District’s Electrical Utility General Manager outlined that “As the only electrical feed to our community, maintenance of this transmission line is very important. The outage will be community wide and FortisBC has committed to us that it will last a maximum of 3 hours. Our Summerland Electrical crew will be participating in the coordinated efforts to successfully complete this work”.

The District of Summerland critical water and wastewater facilities will be running backup generation, so no interruptions of those services are expected.
 
Good practice to GETPREPARED Planned outages like this are a good reminder for Summerlanders to increase their preparedness for extended outages. Unplanned power outages are often caused by freezing rain, sleet storms and/or high winds which damage power lines and equipment. During a power outage, you may be left without heating/air conditioning, lighting, hot water, or even running water. You may also be left without phone or internet service. If you do not have a battery-powered or crank radio, you may have no way of monitoring news broadcasts. In other words, you could be facing major challenges. 

In order to maintain a resilient community, residents should take the time to prepare in advance. You and your family should be prepared to cope on your own during a power outage for at least 3 days.

Visit www.getprepared.gc.ca  for good resources.