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Storms, birds unplug Cowichan power

Power was quickly restored to parts of Cowichan between Thursday and Friday, BC Hydro officials say.

Hydro records show birds, plus trees and high-wind debris unplugged service in Duncan and North Cowichan, especially around Chemainus.

Warm Land losses twinned blackouts on Gabriola, and Salt Spring islands, and in Nanaimo and Parksville-Qualicum.

Thursday's local 11 a.m. outage — caused by a bird on the lines — along Hatchery, Sahilton, and Tzouhalem roads, and along the Island Highway were reconnected by around 12:30 p.m.

Remembrance Day spelled trees and debris hitting lines between 2 and 3:30 p.m. on Spring and Mary streets, plus Swan's Nest Drive, and Drinkwater, Cowichan Bay, Corfield, Chippewa, Mays, and Stoney Hill roads.

All of those areas were reconnected by about 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11 with no injuries or fires, Hydro's Ted Olynyk said.


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