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UPDATE: Power restored for most customers along Highway 5

The original outage knocked power out for 1,600 people
Outage Aug 9
The latest map of customers without power. (via B.C. Hydro)

1:40 p.m.

According to B.C. Hydro, power is back on for the majority of customers in the area surrounding Rayleigh, as the outage is just affecting people east of Westsyde Road and south of Lister Road.

Currently, 48 people are still without power. B.C. Hydro crews are on site. Power is expected to return to those customers around 9 p.m. tonight. 

B.C. Hydro representatives couldn't confirm social media reports that a downed line had stopped a train and was keeping some residents from leaving the area.

People should remember if they ever see a downed line, to stay the length of a city bus away and call 911," says Jen Walker-Larsen with B.C. Hydro.


12:20 p.m. 

B.C. Hydro crews are en route to a power outage in the area of Heffley Creek, Rayleigh and north to McLure. 

The organization's online map says 1,623 customers are without power. The affected area is east of Westsyde Road, south of Highway 5 and northwest of Paul Lake Road.

Kamloops RCMP say the outage was caused around 11:40 a.m., when a vehicle ran into a power pole near Rayleigh on Highway 5.

"The impact caused power lines to break and drop to the ground," reads a press release.

At this time, one southbound lane on Highway 5 near Rayleigh is closed while crews complete repairs. 

It's unknown how long the lane will be closed.

Minor injuries were reported from the crash.