Wind storm knocks out power at three schools

Wires down, causing three separate outages but schools stayed open

  • Dec. 9, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Stormy weather apparently couldn’t interrupt Maple Ridge educators on Tuesday morning.

Gusting winds brought trees down across wires in the city, causing three separate power outages in the morning. Although they were comparatively small service interruptions, they took out the power to three schools.

The largest outage affected 398 customers from 7 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in an area east of 280th Street, between the Lougheed Highway and Dewdney Trunk Road.

There were three smaller outages, of 35 customers and less than 10, at about 9:30 a.m. on both Wicklund Avenue, east of 203rd Street, and in the 11800 block of 260th Street.

The outages affected Westview secondary and both Fairview and Laityview elementary schools.

Students were safe and warm, according to the school district, so classes continued.

Hydro had the power back on at all schools by noon.