Although the power in parts of Salmon Arm was out for about three hours on Sunday, April 25, the culprit was not anything so obvious as a tree on the line or a vehicle crash.
Close to 2,500 customers were without power in the Salmon Arm and Spallumcheen areas from about 11:15 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., meaning several businesses, including the Mall at Piccadilly, were temporarily shut down.
BC Hydro’s outage map showed power was out from the southern portion of Salmon Arm down to the Glenemma region between Armstrong and Falkland.
Mary Anne Coules, community relations with BC Hydro, said the cause stemmed from an equipment problem – one of the cable terminations.
She said it was a very small issue so was difficult to identify.
At first crew members couldn’t find the fault, but as they were up the pole and restoring power, they discovered it.