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BC Hydro to test new warning siren in Campbell River

CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – Residents walking along Elk Falls and the Campbell River system will hear a different sound later this week. BC Hydro is testing out a new public warning siren system for the...

Hydro still in ‘conservation mode’ following rainy weekend

COURTENAY, B.C. – It was a wet weekend on northern Vancouver Island. The showers had an impact on both the Puntledge River and Campbell River. However, the impact was not as major as one might...

Extreme heat impacts Campbell River system

CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – BC Hydro crews have been working hard to observe the flow rates of the Campbell River in light of the extreme heat seen in the region. “The Campbell River system...

John Hart project celebrates first turbine start-up

CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – The first of three new turbines and generators at the John Hart dam is now online. The John Hart Generating Station replacement project was first initiated in 2007, with construction beginning...

BC Hydro moving forward on seismic upgrades at John Hart dam

CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. - Seismic upgrade work is continuing at the John Hart dam. BC Hydro crews are moving forward with the design of the seismic upgrade project. "We're getting close to nailing down the design...

BC Hydro calls for low levels in Campbell River reservoir

CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – May set a record in Campbell River for the lowest precipitation on record in the last 37 years. That’s according to BC Hydro’s Stephen Watson. He noted that the region...

Canyon View Trail loop closed today

Part of the Canyon View Trail is going to be closed today and tomorrow. BC Hydro is closing down the loop so it can do some work related to the John Hart Generating Station Replacement...

BC Hydro asking people to stay away from Elk Falls until May

BC Hydro says it’s going to be the longest extra water release down Elk Falls Canyon in memory. Until early May the flow rate is going to be up to 15 times higher than...

BC Hydro asking people to stay away from Elk Falls

BC Hydro is asking people to stay away from Elk Falls this week. One of the John Hart station’s generators is being taken offline for testing and so crews can do some work in the...

Last rock blasting takes place at John Hart

The John Hart Generating Station’s Replacement Project has had its final rock blasting. That’s the word from Stephen Watson from BC Hydro. Watson says the blast cleared a path from the tunnel outlet to the...

BC Hydro extends Campbell River safety advisory

BC Hydro says it’s looking to reduce the water flow at Elk Falls Canyon. Since Sunday the utility has been spilling an increased amount of water to make up for recent rain and snowmelt. Right...

Hydro Pleased with John Hart Water Levels

Water levels are looking good in the John Hart system. That's the word from BC Hydro spokesperson Stephen Watson. He says this weekend's rainfall didn't hit the Campbell River system as hard as it did...

NDP fulfills campaign promise to freeze hydro rates

The NDP says it’s delivered on its promise to freeze BC Hydro rates. Last year BC Hydro applied for three years of increases with a three per cent increase planned for next year. That request...

Two generators at John Hart station now offline

Only three of the five remaining generators are running at the John Hart station. BC Hydro says mechanical issues led to the shutdown of one of the units on Tuesday. On top of that the...

Northbound Highway 19 reopened

Highway 19 northbound is back up and running. It had been closed off at Parksville earlier today while BC Hydro crews dealt with a fallen tree and downed power lines. The problem got worse as more...

Downed power lines, tree, causing traffic issues on Highway 19

A fallen tree and some downed power lines are causing traffic issues on the highways. The 19 northbound is closed because of that damage in Parksville. DriveBC was expecting the road to open back up...

First Generator Shut Down as John Hart Project Surges Ahead

Another big move has been made at the John Hart Generating Station. Crews working at the replacement project shut down Generator 5 as the project nears completion. BC Hydro spokesperson Stephen Watson says shutting it (Generator...

BC Hydro Praying For Rain As Problem Grows In The Campbell River System

According to BC Hydro, things could stand to improve in the Campbell River system. Hydro spokesperson Stephen Watson says September was been a record setting month for the system, and it's not in a good...

Salmon River diversion project wraps up

Work at the Salmon River diversion project has wrapped up. BC Hydro spokesperson Stephen Watson says significant process has been made at the project. "We've been able to provide fish passage to Salmon River and Patterson...

Blasting at John Hart goes off without a hitch

Crews have successfully blown up part of the John Hart reservoir. BC Hydro says an underwater blast happened last night around 11:30pm. It was part of the scheduled work for the John Hart Generating Station...
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