Colwood fire Chief Russ Cameron guards the scene where a tree snapped power lines in Belmont Park last week. Heavy winds uprooted several trees on the West Shore.

High winds take down old trees

High winds knocked down trees, one onto a powerline last week on the West Shore.

High winds knocked down trees, one onto a powerline last week on the West Shore.

A tree fell onto powerlines in Colwood at 3 p.m. on July 7 leaving two homes in Belmont Park without power. Winds hit the region at 70 kilometres per hour.

“The rotten old tree was taken down in the wind,” said Colwood fire Chief Russ Cameron.

A live powerline lay across the yard of a home on the corner of Belmont and College roads in Colwood’s Belmont Park. Other wires were resting on the tree.

Colwood Fire Rescue cordoned off the area and waited for BC Hydro and military electricians to arrive.

Fire crews were cautious of the scene because they were uncertain if the wind could push the tree more and possibly drop more power lines.

In Metchosin on the same day just before 5 p.m., an alder tree on Kangaroo Road near Eagles Road toppled over blocking both directions of traffic.

“It had a soft root system,” said Ben Josephson, of Metchosin public works. “The tree was scheduled to be taken down the next day.”

The tree didn’t hit any lines or cause any damage. Metchosin volunteer firefighters arrived on scene to deal with traffic as Metchosin public works crew removed the tree.

The road was cleared within half an hour.



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