BC Hydro personnell have been deployed across B.C.’s south coast to restore power after the snowstorm. (BC Hydro/Instagram)

BC Hydro personnell have been deployed across B.C.’s south coast to restore power after the snowstorm. (BC Hydro/Instagram)

BC Hydro crews hope to have all power restored by 6 p.m. tonight

The current outage has affected more than 2,000 people

BC Hydro spokesperson Ted Olynyk says all power in the Capital Region should be restored by 6 p.m. today.

The current outage affects 2,200 people in Greater Victoria with the hardest hit areas being North Saanich and Salt Spring Island.

RELATED: Greater Victoria snowfall breaks 2014 record

Olynyk says that while the power grid is quite resilient despite the number of outages, the bigger issue is the number of trees on the Island. According to Olynyk, the Island has the most trees per kilometre in North America.

Snow accumulation and weakened branches from past storms are causing problems when combined with the heavy wet snow that has been falling.

Olynyk warns the rain in the forecast will probably cause more headaches.

“A concern will be with the [upcoming rain], that snow absorbs rain and then it’s not just white fluffy snow – it becomes a Slurpee,” says Olynyk.

RELATED: Power outage affects more than 7,600 people in south Island region

The heavy snow causes branches and trees to fall on or come in contact with power lines which causes outages.

Currently, BC Hydro is responding to outages in Sidney, North Saanich, Salt Spring Island and in the Qualicum Beach area.

For more information on current outages click here.

To report an outage in your area click here.



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