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Power failure hits downtown Langley City, disrupts mail delivery

Cause of outage hitting more than 4,400 customers unknown
A BC Hydro outage map graphic showing the area affected by a power failure in Langley and Surrey on Monday, Oct. 24. (BC Hydro/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Several thousand people found their home or business in the dark on the morning of Monday, Oct. 24 after a power failure hit during the morning rush hour.

According to BC Hydro, power went out for 4,426 customers at 8:07 a.m.

Street lights were out on parts of Fraser Highway, slowing traffic.

BC Hydro crews estimated the entire outage would be repaired by about 4 p.m., and by late morning, some of the affected area had seen power restored, but a core area in the downtown was still without electricity.

The power failure also caused Canada Post to send out a “red delivery service alert” message.

Because the local Canada Post mail processing and delivering facility lost power, the posties had to suspend delivery for the day.

“While we are monitoring the situation and working on contingency plans to restore or maintain postal services, customers in Langley with postal codes starting with the following characters will not be receiving mail delivery: V3A and V2Y,” Canada Post said in an announcement.

At its largest, the outage covered an area starting near Fraser Highway and 190th Street in Surrey, as far east as 206th Street, south to Grade Crescent, and north as far as 64th Avenue.

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Matthew Claxton

About the Author: Matthew Claxton

Raised in Langley, as a journalist today I focus on local politics, crime and homelessness.
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