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SM Hydro completes work in the Gulf Islands

SM Hydro pulled its last emergency crew from Salt Spring Island and other southern Gulf Islands on Sunday after recovering power lost when a wind storm hit the coast on December 20.

Ted Olynyk, spokesperson for B.C. Hydro, said the repair work, with the exception of a few isolated cases, was completed on Sunday afternoon.

"We will have all the people whose power goes out due to the storm, we will get them back today," Olynyk said in a telephone interview. "Mission accomplished."

Wind storms hit Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands with gusts of wind as high as 88 km / hour. Branches, debris and entire trees hit electric cables, disrupting electric power for more than 150,000 customers.

Olynyk said at the height of the improvement effort, SM Hydro had 900 workers who worked 16 hours a day. The support crew from Vancouver Island is a registered crew from SM Interior, Alberta and as far as the Maritimes.

At one point, SM Hydro had more than 350 trucks and their crew worked in the Gulf Islands.

"So our crew now has the opportunity to go home and spend Christmas with their families," Olynyk said.

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