One of the main thoroughfares through Maple Ridge has been shut down, while hydro crews stabilize a loose, high-voltage powerline.
Maple Ridge fire crews received the call about 11 a.m. today, reporting a hydro pole was smoldering next to the substation at Dewdney Trunk Road at 216th Street.
Firefighters couldn’t do much except secure the area and wait for hydro crews to arrive, explained Maple Ridge assistant fire chief Mark Smitton.
The high tension wires – carrying upwards of 100,000 volts of power– came off the insulator and was resting against the pole, he said.
It caused the pole to start smoldering, but the power could also travel down the pole to the area surrounding.
Consequently, Dewdney Trunk Road between Laity and 216th streets had to be shut down while BC Hydro crews make necessary repairs, Smitton said.
The secondary highway was expected to reopen at about 1 p.m.
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