The White Rock pier was closed to the public as it got battered by boats on Thursday. (Photo: Kieran O’Connor)

The White Rock pier was closed to the public as it got battered by boats on Thursday. (Photo: Kieran O’Connor)

Windstorm wallops Surrey, White Rock

Surrey staff will ‘work into the night’ to deal with downed trees

The windy weather has left thousands without power in Surrey and the surrounding area as of Thursday evening (Dec. 20), according to BC Hydro.

As of 4 p.m., BC Hydro’s outage map shows more than 50,000 people without power with causes listed as “wind storm” and “trees down across wires.”

For an updated list of power outages, click here.

The City of Surrey’s Twitter account is reminding people that strong winds are in the forecast for Surrey, adding that people can report outages or fallen trees to BC Hydro at its emergency line 1-888-769-3766.

Ray Kerr, manager of operations with the City of Surrey, said Thursday (Dec. 20) “has been a very busy day for staff.”

Kerr said that while he doesn’t have the actual number of trees that have fallen in the city, he said staff has been working “diligently all day dealing with the road closures due to these fallen trees.”

“We will continue to work into the night until such time as the fallen trees causing the road closures have been dealt with,” Kerr said.

Just before noon, a tree fell on a worker near Pacific Academy school in Fraser Heights. The man, according to Surrey RCMP, was taken to hospital with injuries.

RELATED: Tree falls on Surrey worker

Earlier on Thursday morning, Surrey Schools spokesperson Doug Strachan said “at least” 12 schools were without power.

RELATED: At least 12 Surrey schools without power as wind blows

Surrey Schools superintendent Jordan Tinney tweeted at 2 p.m. that the district was “dealing with numerous power outages,” and staff is “working with all schools” to keep kids “secure and safe.” By 5:30 p.m., Tinney tweeted that 26 schools were currently without power, but the district anticipates “being fully operational in the morning.

Tinney also said to expect debris on school sites Friday (Dec. 21).

The Surrey Traffic Twitter account is also reminding people to use four-way stop procedures at intersections where the power is out. Surrey Traffic also tweeted that “over half of the traffic signals” in the city have back-up power systems, adding that as the winds gust during the storm and cause power outages, “most of our traffic signals will continue to operate seamlessly keeping travellers safe.”

Waves and loose boats have also broken the White Rock pier.

A man was stranded on the pier for nearly two hours, but was rescued around 4 p.m. by helicopter.

RELATED: White Rock pier damaged by storm

Police are on scene and had closed down the pier shortly before 2 p.m. White Rock RCMP say they and the White Rock Firefighters are dealing with the “emergent situation” at the pier and Marine Drive “will be shut down until further notice.”

Elsewhere is Surrey:

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia’s (CFSEU-BC) Uniform Gang Enforcement Team (UGET) has arrested a man who was on the run for nearly a decade. (File photo)
9-year search for international drug trafficking suspect ends with arrest at YVR

Khamla Wong, charged in 2012, taken into custody Feb. 24 by BC-CFSEU

Pixabay image
Surrey council moves to update city’s telecommunication antennas policy

But councillor says health and safety protocols are nearly 40 years old

Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum speaks at a press conference in August about provincial government approval of the city’s change to a municipal force, joined by councillors (from left) Mandeep Nagra, Allison Patton and Doug Elford. Members of the National Police Federation claim there is still no transition plan in place although Surrey RCMP’s contract with the city is due to end March 31.(File photo)
National Police Federation members slam Surrey police transition to Surrey Board of Trade

During virtual meeting, bargaining unit representatives say municipal force ‘not a done deal’

Boosh Food founder Connie Marples (right) delivers some Boosh Food items to Christine Mohr, CEO of Options Community Services, in December, 2020. Boosh Food has just moved their operations to Cloverdale. (Photo: Moonraker PR)
Boosh Food moves to Cloverdale

‘Plant-based comfort food’ company moving to 65A Avenue

B.C. Court of Appeal in Vancouver. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Court makes public ‘abbreviated’ reasons for judgment in Surrey Six slaying appeals

Six men were murdered in suite 1505 of the Balmoral Tower in Whalley on Oct. 19, 2007

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20, drown in the Sooke River in February 2020. (Contributed photos)
Coroner confirms ‘puddle jumping’ in 2020 drowning deaths of 3 B.C. men

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen pulled into raging river driving through nearby flooding

Castlegar doctor Megan Taylor contracted COVID-19 in November. This photo was taken before the pandemic. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay doctor shares experience contracting COVID-19

Castlegar doctor shares her COVID experience

Shaelene Keeler Bell. (Facebook)
Candlelight vigil planned for Chilliwack mother missing for four weeks

Virtual event to ‘spread some light’ for 23-year-old Shaelene Bell of Chilliwack

Ashley Paxman, 29, is in the ICU after being struck by a vehicle along Highway 97 Feb. 18, 2021. She remains in critical condition. (GoFundMe)
Okanagan woman in ICU with broken bones in face after being struck by car

She remains in serious condition following Feb. 18 incident

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival kicks off March 5.
Women in Film Festival features two B.C. filmmakers

The 16th annual festival kicks off March 5, 2021

The booklet roots present day activism in the history of racist policies, arguing the history must be acknowledged in order to change. (CCPA)
New resource dives into 150 years of racist policy in B.C.

Racist history must be acknowledged in order to change, authors say

Most Read