More than 3,700 hydro customers are in the dark due to a car crash near Sicamous. (BC Hydro image) More than 3,700 hydro customers are in the dark due to a car crash near Sicamous. (BC Hydro image)

Update: Electricity restored to most Shuswap homes left without power after collision

Trees across wires to blame for remaining outages in Malakwa, Craigellachie

Updated 2 p.m Dec. 18:

Electricity has been restored for most of the BC Hydro customers who lost power due to a vehicle accident earlier today. According to the utility company’s outage map, 598 customers are still without power in the Malakwa and Craigellachie area; it says the cause of that outage is trees down across wires.

Original:

A motor vehicle accident has left approximately 3,700 homes and businesses without electricity in the Shuswap according to BC Hydro.

Hydro crews are on site working to restore power to properties over a wide area along the Trans-Canada Highway corridor ranging from just east of Salmon Arm to the Griffin Lake area.

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The power has been off since shortly after 10 a.m. and BC Hydro expects it to be restored by 2:30 p.m.

Along with homes by the Trans-Canada Highway, the power is out in Sicamous, Solsqua and all along Highway 97A to the southern tip of Mara Lake.

In total, 3,798 hydro customers are left in the dark.

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