Pacha Craik was left dealing with the aftermath of the high winds on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. A 70-foot tall tree had fallen on her property in the Maple Crest area, but thankfully she said there was only minor damage caused to her and the neighbour’s property. (Pacha Craik/Special to the News)

High winds down trees in communities and Highway 7 in Maple Ridge

Lougheed Highway was still partially closed Tuesday morning

Crews were still working Tuesday morning to re-open a section of the Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge after high winds on Monday caused a tree to fall and damage several power lines.

The transporation ministry alerted drivers to expect delays Tuesday morning on Highway 7 between 240th and 272nd streets as BC Hydro worked to repair the power lines.

RELATED: Family trapped as fallen wires shut down Lougheed Highway through Maple Ridge

After Monday’s high winds a fallen tree in the area knocked six poles and lines down across the roadway.

“Due to the scale of damage and for the safety of the crews, drivers may experience delays as BC Hydro works to repair the downed lines across two kilometres of the road between 240th and 272nd streets,” the ministry said.

The westbound left lane was re-opened to traffic around 8 a.m.

As of 8 a.m. there were still about 87 customers without power, which was expected to be restored by noon Tuesday.

Meanwhile, residents were also dealing with the aftermath of Monday’s windy weather.

Pacha Craik had a 70 foot tall tree fall over on her property in the Maple Crest area as a result of the wind gusts.

“Thankfully nobody was injured, and thankfully only minor damage to our house and the neighbour’s,” she said.

All that remained of the tree Tuesday morning was the stump.

“Now just waiting for [the] City to come back and remove the stump and re-plant a new tree,” Craik elaborated.


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Drivers are alerted to expect early morning traffic delays on Highway 7 between 240th and 272nd streets Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, as BC Hydro works to repair downed power lines. (Google Maps)

Pacha Craik was left dealing with the aftermath of the high winds on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. A 70-foot tall tree had fallen on her property in the Maple Crest area, but thankfully she said there was only minor damage caused to her and the neighbour’s property. (Pacha Craik/Special to the News)

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