Tumbler Ridge?s lights flickered and then went out around 6pm on Wednesday evening, and did not come back on for another 23.5 hours, leaving the majority of residents without any heat source or the ability to cook meals or turn on the lights. With winter temperatures dropping to -11 degrees and more, this event made life miserable for many.

The District of Tumbler Ridge (and they have a generator installed as a backup system) opened their doors to families, offering a place to warm up, coffee and sandwiches, and an impromptu barbecue organized by the Tumbler Ridge Lions Club and District staff, offered to residents free of charge. The Lions Club served between 700-800 hamburgers and hotdogs.

As many as 60 children warmed up in the lower level of town hall, where a television, DVD?s and games kept them occupied.

BC Hydro can be reached at 1-888-POWERON to report or check up on a power outage. They continually update the estimated restoration time, giving the residents the best possible timeframe the power will be out for.

Thanks to our District, the staff, and service groups for their quick response to a crisis.