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Highway 14 closed west of Sooke due to downed trees

West Coast Road provides access to Port Renfrew

Highway 14, road closed, MOTI, Mainroad South Island, Shirley
Tree across Highway 14 near Shirley, BC on Sunday February 10, 2019.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 ~ WEST SHORE & SOOKE

~ by West Shore Voice News

Trees across Highway 14 (West Coast Road) west of Sooke have closed off access to that provincial highway from Gordon’s Beach (just west of Sooke) and between Shirley and Port Renfrew.

To get to Port Renfrew, motorists can take the Pacific Marine Circle Route from the Cowichan Valley.

“There are multiple trees down in Jordan River and Shirley,” said Juan de Fuca Emergency Program Coordinator Jeri Grant this afternoon, February 10.

Yesterday, Highway 14 was closed due to a tree across the road, blocking access in and out of Sooke.

East Sooke, snowfall
Snowy day in East Sooke, February 10, 2019

Power outages this afternoon number February 10 about 42 outage areas affecting 3,805 customers (as of 3:35 pm). With about 2.5 persons per billing customer, that’s about 9,510 people dealing with lack of electricity.

A number of outages continue into now Sunday evening west of Sooke in Otter Point and out to Shirley as far as Port Renfrew, affecting about 1,000 billing addresses. Metchosin and East Sooke see about 1,130 households without power as of 3:35 pm Sunday. Most of the other 42 outages this evening are on the Gulf Islands.

BC Hydro, road crews (municipal crews for larger areas and Mainroad South Island for highways and Sooke roads), and emergency personnel continue their work under tough weather conditions, including a wind chill of about -16°C yesterday and today.

Mainroad South Island is charged with road maintenance on Highway 14. Crews have been out in full force since ahead of Friday’s snowfall.

Juan de Fuca Emergency Program, emergency preparedness, power outageWhile snowfall subsided yesterday evening, on Sunday around 2 pm there was a new batch of snow falling in the west shore and Greater Victoria area, but with less wind. Environment Canada forecasts another 5 to 10 cm of snowfall through this evening (the same amount that fell on Friday February 8 and into Saturday morning).

Juan de Fuca Emergency Coordinator Jeri Grant reminds all residents to have a 7-day supply of emergency support equipment in winter, including stocking the pantry with enough food to not have to cook for several days.