Violent winds toppled tress and wreaked havoc in Greater Vancouver last weekend

VIDEO: Full windstorm cleanup could take ‘weeks’

Toppled trees wreaked havoc on commutes and routes, while power outages are still affecting 180,000 Hydro customers (as of Monday)



All the trees that fell on major roads and routes were expected to be cleaned up by Monday in Vancouver, but the full clean-up of last weekend’s aggressive windstorm could take “weeks,” according to the Deputy City Manager.

“We’ll get the majority of the big trees out of the streets,” said Sadhu Johnston. “But it will take weeks for us to fully clean up the debris.

“We still, at the height of the issues yesterday, we were all impacted by power outages. There were over 500,000 people that were out of power in the Lower Mainland… many parts of Vancouver still remain out of power, including City Hall and many, many intersections across the city.”

As of Monday morning, 180,000 BC Hydro customers were still without power in Greater Vancouver (reports the Surrey Leader).

“This is probably one of the more intense storms that we’ve had over the last decade,” Johnston said. “Obviously, the drought led to more trees coming down, which led to more power outages, so it kind of compounded.”

Video/Files: The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Teacher receives reprimand after 2017 altercation with student

Gregory Norman Brock was issued letter of discipline, suspended three days without pay.

RMMBA holds first training session of season in Maple Ridge

Players wore green in honour of St. Patrick’s Day

UPDATE: Location for more temporary supportive housing in Maple Ridge by end of week

Evacuation shelter now a night refuge only, then shuts for good March 31.

Getting dry in Maple Ridge, be careful

Two brush fires recently already

More condos sought for downtown Maple Ridge project

Seeking 20 per cent increase in number of units

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

Avalanche control tomorrow on Highway 1

Expect closures of up to two hours east of Revelstoke

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Newfoundland man caught after posting photo of himself drinking and driving

The 19-year-old took a photo of himself holding a beer bottle and cigarette while at the wheel

Carfentanil found in 15% of overdose deaths in January: B.C. coroner

Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than illicit fentanyl and used to tranquilize elephants

Most Read