The storm brought down trees and power lines in areas such as Astra Road of Comox. Photo by Mike Chouinard

About 3,500 Comox Valley customers lose power at peak

UPDATE: Comox Fire responds to about a dozen calls from storm

High winds on Sunday afternoon knocked down trees and disrupted power for a few thousand customers in the Comox Valley area.

“At peak, we had about 3,500 customers out,” says BC Hydro spokesperson Ted Olynyk. “It was pretty windy. It caused a lot of outages.”

The utility reported several incidents in the region, while local firefighters had to respond to several calls regarding trees over power lines. Environment Canada was reporting winds of 40 to 60 km/h during the afternoon.

More than 1,300 customers in Comox lost power in the area west of Andrew Avenue and east of Pritchard. It was reported at 2:45 p.m.

Further north, about 1,400 customers lost power east of Smith Road and north of Cruikshank. It was reported at 1:56 p.m.

Another 187 lost power in the Williams Beach area just before 2:30 p.m. The area affected is bounded by Williams Beach Road, Eagles Drive, Larkin Road and Frances Road.

North of Courtenay, 378 customers in the Saratoga Beach area lost power just after 1 p.m. east of Island Highway, south of Kuhushan Road and north of Wilfred Road.

A few more customers in Courtenay lost power at Glen Urquhart Drive.

Another 70 customers on Hornby Island were without power south of Slade Road and west of Hughes Road. The cause was a tree over the wires.

Other locations included Butchers Road, and the Fern Road-Bates Road area.

Comox Fire Rescue was particularly busy all afternoon responding to calls related to the windstorm.

“We were going for about five hours,” says assistant fire chief Jim Lariviere.

There were downed trees that took out power lines, blocked driveways or landed on homes.

Lariviere says much of the damage was in areas close to the water, which took the brunt of the high waters, but the department did have calls all over.

The Oyster River and Courtenay departments also had to respond to calls. The Courtenay Fire Department says it had a half dozen calls related to wind that had knocked out power.

As of Monday, BC Hydro estimated about 200 customers were waiting for power to be restored. For updates, see

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Comox Fire Rescue had the junction of Astra Road and Kilmorley Road blocked off because of downed trees and power lines on Sunday. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Cumberland keeps pushing for groundwater protection

Council will raise issue with Province again through Union of BC Municipalities

Annual music event in Comox Valley celebrates online instead

Vancouver Island MusicFest holds virtual celebration set for July 10

Cumberland wants more done to stop drug deaths

Motions include writing Dr. Bonnie Henry, holding naloxone workshop

Courtenay theatre gets support for livestream ‘hybrid’ shows this year

Island Coastal Economic Trust funds help Sid Williams Theatre with infrastructure, training

Military police training in Comox Valley

Latest quarterly session for training is July 6-8

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

PHOTOS: GP Vanier Grad

Some submitted photos from the 2020 grad celebrations at GP Vanier in Courtenay

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Most Read