UPDATE: Uptown shops are open after a power outage closed the mall Thursday.
A power outage that includes Uptown shopping centre means stores are closed and shoppers trying to leave.
Unfortunately, the parkade is jam-packed with people trying to leave. All stores are closed and staff are putting up barriers barring entrance to the mall.
— Saanich News (@saanichnews) December 20, 2018
About 2,200 clients are without power in that area due to a tree on the lines according to BC Hydro.
Saanich outages include residents in and around Cordova Bay and Prospect Lake.
Uptown shopping centre is completely shut down due to a power outage. Stores closed. Traffic is in gridlock trying to leave parkade. Stay clear of area. Stay tuned to @VictoriaNews for updates. #yyj pic.twitter.com/NDxBkB4F94
— Keri Coles (@KeriColesPhotog) December 20, 2018
– with files from Keri Coles and Wolf Depner