FortisBC will be completing upgrades to Keremeos’ electrical system, causing 1,485 customers to be without power May 10. (File photo)

Planned power outage to affect 1,485 FortisBC customers in Keremeos

FortisBC interrupting power to complete electricity upgrades

More than 1,400 FortisBC customers in Keremeos will be without power May 10 from approximately 12 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The planned power outage will take place so FortisBC can complete upgrades to the electrical system. FortisBC stated that issues must be repaired now to prevent a larger, unplanned outage at a later time.

Any planned construction and maintenance work, and related service disruptions, are necessary to keep the system running safely and reliably, said the electricity and natural gas company in an email.

“As a critical infrastructure service provider during the COVID-19 public health emergency, FortisBC crews working in your neighbourhood are there for good reason — ensuring you have the energy you need for your home and for essential service providers like hospitals, first responder agencies, care homes, pharmacies and grocery stores,” the company stated.

READ MORE: FortisBC program to help students learn about energy from home

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