Traffic control crews cordoned off Fraser Highway at 248 Street after power lines came down. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

UPDATE: Fraser Highway shutdown in Langley enters second day

Route remains closed due to downed power lines

The Fraser Highway between 248 Street and 260 Street in Langley was closed for nearly two days while BC Hydro crews worked to repair fallen power lines and damaged substations in the wake of two brutal winter ice storms.

The highway was originally expected to re-open by Saturday night, but repairs were running behind schedule and it remain closed.

By early Sunday afternoon, traffic was re-opened to a single alternating lane.

READ MORE: VIDEO: Fraser Highway closed through Langley

READ MORE: Hydro out for many in Aldergrove

The ice storm cut power to 134,000 BC Hydro customers as a result of the two ice storms Friday and Sunday.

As of Sunday, around 8,100 were still without power.

BC Hydro said it had around 90 crews working in the Fraser Valley area, some brought in from Vancouver island and the interior.

Crews were working in “challenging and hazardous conditions” to repair extensive damage that includes frozen equipment, broken poles and downed lines, Hydro said.

There has been “significant damage” to transmission lines and towers in Mission and Abbotsford substations, creating large outages that are a priority for restoration, an online message said.

Some people might be entering the New Year without power, the message indicated.

“Crews will be working through the day and evening to restore power as quickly as possible, however we’re anticipating some remaining outages due to the extent of damage and number of individual outages.”

For more information about outages in your area, visit bchydro.com/safety-outages.html.



dan.ferguson@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Ice coated everything in the 2600 block of 240 Street. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

The storm coated blueberry plants in this Langley farm with ice. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Trees were completely coated with ice following two severe storms in Langley. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Just Posted

Hope’s Wheeled Wild Women hit the road for cancer research

Group of friends ready for the 200-km bike trek that ends in Hope

Comedy, chicken poop and dancing at Lytton Festival

This year’s festival will honour longtime supporter Shirley James

Hope women save man from potential train incident

Man was standing on 6th Avenue tracks as train approached crossing with horn blasting

PHOTOS: Paintings return to Kilby for fifth annual festival

The Plein Air Festival will be taking place at the historic site all weekend

Cougar spotted in Seabird Island

Residents are asked to report all sightings to conservation

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

RCMP, search crews hunt for 4-year-old boy missing near Mackenzie

George went missing early Saturday afternoon

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

Most Read