Chilliwack blasted by wind storm

Strong winds down trees, cut power and damage homes in Chilliwack.

  • Nov. 17, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Chilliwack firefighters attend one of several places in Chilliwack on Tuesday were power lines were brought down by strong winds. The high winds cut power and brought down trees across the region.

Chilliwack firefighters attend one of several places in Chilliwack on Tuesday were power lines were brought down by strong winds. The high winds cut power and brought down trees across the region.

The sound of chainsaws was evident in Chilliwack Tuesday evening as the city dug out from a powerful wind storm.

Winds gusting at 80 to 90 kilometres per hour brought down power lines, branches and trees.

At one point more than 12,000 Chilliwack residents were in the dark. By Tueaday evening thousands of residents were still without power in pockets across Chilliwack as BC Hydro crews struggled to respond to multiple calls.

The westbound lane of Highway 1 east of Chilliwack was closed for a while Tuesday after a semi-trailer was tossed on its side.

Fire crews, meanwhile, were kept busy attending one call after another.

At one point the call went out for additional resources as crews struggled to keep up with calls for help.

Most of the calls involved downed power lines. But others were medical calls for support after paramedics were delayed by the weather.

The storm was not just an inconvenience. It also caused real damage.

One tree crashed through the roof of a home neat the Vedder River. Another damaged vehicles in a car lot on Yale Road.

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