A tree down across hydro lines on Treanor Avenue on Saturday morning. (Shalu Mehta/News staff)

Multiple municipalities warn of downed power lines

Use caution if around downed lines

With multiple hydro lines down in the Greater Victoria area due to high winds, police and BC Hydro are alerting residents to what to do in the case of a potentially live wire.

Saanich Police are advising residents to be aware of the hazards of live wires after trees knocked down lines in the areas of Prospect Lake Road, Wesley Road, and Bodega Avenue.

The Sooke Fire Chief Twitter account reported that the highway in and out of Sooke is closed in both directions due to multiple power lines down.

The Township of Esquimalt is asking people to use alternative routes after trees went down on power lines on Fraser Street between Lyall and Juno and on Aral Street.

RELATED: Multiple power outages around Victoria keep BC Hydro crews busy

If you come across a downed line, BC Hydro recommends staying back 10 meters – about the length of a bus – and calling 911.

A line doesn’t have to be on the ground to be dangerous either. If a tree falls on a line, or if you see a drooping line or leaning power pole, these could be hazardous too. If you see one of these scenarios, call 911.

If you accidentally come across a downed line and you are closer than 10 meters, shuffle away to a safe distance.

If you hit a power pole in your car or if a pole or line falls on your car, stay in your car if there is no fire or imminent danger and dial 911. If you are sure you can drive away safely, drive at least 10 meters away and call 911.

If there is danger and you need to get out of the car, jump out and land on both feet, not touching any part of the car, then shuffle away at least 1o meters and call 911.

RELATED: Ferry and flight cancellations on Vancouver Island

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sidney Lions, Peninsula-raised designer craft nearly 200 masks for area seniors

182 masks were distributed to four Saanich Peninsula care homes

What Sooke School District schools will look like on first day of reopening

No water fountains, rotating schedules and face masks not required

Saanich residents sound alarm after second owl dies of rat poison

Great Horned Owl found in Kings Park killed by three rodenticides

Point-guard lobs no-look, three-pointer for Oak Bay High video

Trick-shot only took three times, says Oak Bay teen

Cancelled cruise ships costs Victoria more than $130 million

Transport Canada bans ships until end of October in response to COVID-19

VIDEO: Victoria dental staff dance to *NSYNC to promote reopening

Urban Smiles staff ‘want you back’ after closure in response to pandemic

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

B.C. aquaculture farm’s employees sweat it out to raise funds for food banks

For every five minutes of exercise recorded, Cermaq Canada is donating a dollar to local food banks in communities they operate

Condition in kids with possible COVID-19 link being studied in Canada

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to doctors about MIS-C

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

POLL: Do you agree with the provincial government’s decision to increase the minimum wage?

B.C.’s lowest-paid workers will be getting a few more dollars to try… Continue reading

Trudeau acknowledges racial unrest in U.S.; ‘We also have work to do in Canada’

‘Anti-black racism, racism, is real; it’s in the United States, but it’s also in Canada,’ Trudeau says

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

Minneapolis cop who knelt on man’s neck charged with murder

Arrest comes after three days of protests, which escalated in violence as demonstrators torched a police precinct

Most Read