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UPDATE: Hundreds still without power after windstorm downs trees and knocks out power to Castlegar area

Some areas still without power
Wednesday’s storm knocked this tree over onto Stanley Street in Nelson. Photo: Tyler Harper

A windstorm downed trees and knocked out power to over 2000 customers in the Castlegar area Wednesday morning. The storm caused similar damages elsewhere as it moved east across the province.

The north end of Castlegar was without power from about 6:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Castlegar Primary, Twin Rivers Elementary and Stanley Humphries Secondary schools all started their day in the dark.

School District 20 reported buses were unable to pick up some students on Pass Creek Road due to a fallen tree.

Downed trees and powerlines remained in place on Pass Creek Road at the end of the school day as well, so school buses were not running up Pass Creek Road.

Pass Creek, Shoreacres, Bonnington, Nelson and portions of the Slocan Valley were also affected.

Hundreds of FortisBC customers are still without power and Fortis estimates it may be into the evening before power is restored everywhere.

If you have photos or a story to tell about the storm, send an email to

More to come …

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Betsy Kline

About the Author: Betsy Kline

After spending several years as a freelance writer for the Castlegar News, Betsy joined the editorial staff as a reporter in March of 2015. In 2020, she moved into the editor's position.
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