The past few days have been chaotic for all BC residents as they suffer the aftermath of the great windstorm in the lower mainland. Winds were reported to be as high as 100km/hour with widspread power outages affecting over 400,000 residents. Today, over 5,000 residents are still without power. BC Hydro comments that all citizens should have their power restored by today.
The storm has given rise to multiple traffic light outages even in the busiest of areas. ICBC officials urge citizens to follow the basic rules of the 4 way stop: the first vehicle to arrive at the intersection has the right of way, when two arrive at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right of way.
Citizens are clearly having trouble abiding by these rules as ICBC official, Grossman, commented that during the storm they recieved 3500 calls to their customer claims center and had more than 500 claims submitted online.
Rainfall only added to the complexity it requires to fix power lines and added another layer of chaos to confused drivers.
Was BC Hydro, ICBC and government officials prepared for the storm? What does this say about how an earthquake would be handled?
Photos from aftermath below: