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.
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.
UPDATE – #BCHwy7 westbound left lane is now OPEN between 272nd st and 240th st in #MapleRidge due to fallen trees and downed power lines. Crews are still working, please drive with care and obey traffic control personnel.https://t.co/aqvxYsE2gZ
— DriveBC (@DriveBC) September 8, 2020