Powerful storms toppled trees in Castlegar Monday night.

Storm hits hard

Storms took down trees and power poles Monday night leaving many residents without power.

Residents all over Castlegar are still busy cleaning up debris left over from Monday evening’s storm.

Trees, branches, power poles and lines were down all around Castlegar blocking roads, damaging houses and disrupting business. The worst damage occurred in the Kinnaird area.

Not one, but three trees fell on the 4th Ave. home of Wally and Jean Borsa. First they heard a crash when the top of one tree blew off onto their roof. Moments later a fir tree came down followed by a large cedar. “We had just come in the house from being at the side, putting up the blinds. We just missed getting schmucked.” said Jean.

The storm wreaked havoc all over the Southern Interior resulting in 10,000 customers losing power. Power was restored by Tuesday morning to most homes however about 1500 customers were still without power Tuesday afternoon. Most of those customers were found in pockets in the Castlegar area. According to a Fortis spokesman, ten three member crews are out working in the area and they hope to restore power as quickly as possible. Fortis will be posting updates via twitter and www.fortisbc.com