Crews used a snowcat to get to the Telus site on Black Tusk
Monday and Tuesday in an effort to restore long distance service to Pemberton
customers that was disrupted by Monday’s storm.
As of Tuesday morning most of the nearly 3,000 Telus customers
in Pemberton who lost their long distance service in the storm had the service
restored. Approximately 300 customers were still without long distance service.
Local calling within the community, Internet and cell phone
service was not impacted.
Poor weather conditions prevented Telus crews from accessing
the site by helicopter, so access was made by snowcat. Telus crews worked
around the clock to restore service to the majority of customers and continue
to work to restore service to the remaining 300 customers without long distance
The storm, which hit Sunday night and continued through Monday, caused havoc in the Lower Mainland and on the Sunshine Coast. Nearly 200,000 B.C. Hydro customers were without power at one point, although that number was down to 35,000 by Tuesday. Ferry service was disrupted and some buildings were damaged by trees blown over in the storm.