A tree down on the road and power lines on Yale Road West in front of Chilliwack Golf Club Thursday afternoon. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Wind storm knocks out power in Chilliwack

Hundreds of Chilliwack residents without power as strong winds bring down trees

Chilliwack firefighters and BC Hydro crews were fielding multiple calls Thursday afternoon after the windstorm that pummelled the Lower Mainland moved up the Fraser Valley.

Hundreds of Chilliwack homes were without power as winds brought down trees and power lines.

Yale Road West was closed at Chilliwack Golf Club because of a tree on power lines and on the road. And Keith Wilson Road was closed at Chadsey and Blackburn after downed trees blocked the road. By 3:30 p.m. Keith Wilson was reopened.

Trees were also down on Parkwood Drive Rosedale and at least one house suffered serious damage.

(See below for more photos.)

Several traffic signals were also without power, including the lights around Chilliwack General Hospital, which also lost power and called a Code Grey for losing an essential service.

“The hospital has back-up generators to ensure patients are safe and vital equipment can continue to function for several days at a time,” said Tasleem Juma, senior consultant for Fraser Health’s public affairs department.

And although their power has since been restored, Juma said the “hospital managed very well and there were minimal impacts on patient care. Our employees, physicians and volunteers worked to assist and help manage the issues we faced so we could be quick, responsive, and tuned into the needs of our patients.”

Across the Lower Mainland more than 100,000 BC Hydro customers were without power at one point.

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A man stands on the roof of a home damaged by a tree in Rosedale that was damaged in Thursday’s windstorm. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Tree down on Parkwood Drive in Rosedale. The road was blocked and at least one house was damaged in the windstorm Dec. 20. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress) Tree down on Parkwood Drive in Rosedale. The road was blocked and at least one house was damaged in the windstorm Dec. 20. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

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