A roughly 100-foot tree crashed down on a home in Metchosin on Arden Road during Sunday’s windstorm. Fortunately

Windstorm downs trees and lines across the West Shore

Storm causes problems for West Shore fire departments

Metchosin was the busiest West Shore fire department in dealing with issues caused by Sunday’s late afternoon windstorm.

Metchosin Fire Chief Stephanie Dunlop said they dealt with about 10 calls between 5 and 9 p.m., including one where a 100-foot tree came down on a house on Arden Road.

“Fortunately, no one was home at the time and there were no injuries,” Dunlop said. The other calls mostly involved power lines hit by tree branches.” She thanked residents for their patience and for staying off the roads.

Langford Fire Rescue dealt with two calls regarding downed power lines, including a live line down near Ma Miller’s Pub on Sooke Lake Road, said firefighter Lance Caven. “It was a very spectacular light show.”

The department had several other calls involving branches on power lines. “It’s important to remind everyone to stay well clear, at least 10 metres away, from downed power lines for safety reasons,” Caven added.

View Royal dealt with a downed power line on Admirals Road near Maplebank Road that caused an outage in the area near the Esquimalt border for about six hours, said Assistant Chief Rob Marshall.

The Colwood fire department had only one call regarding minimal arcing from a tree on a power line in the 3300-block of Metchosin Road, said Assistant Chief Bryan Erwin.

Highlands Fire Chief Dean Ford said Sunday was fairly quiet, with no major issues to report.


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