One person trapped on damaged pier in White Rock, B.C.: RCMP

One person trapped on damaged pier in White Rock, B.C.: RCMP

One person trapped on damaged pier in White Rock, B.C.: RCMP

Tens of thousands of people remained without power on Saturday as strong wind gusts continued to ravage southwestern British Columbia, days after a powerful windstorm swept across the region.

About 160,000 customers in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands remain without power.

Cleanup and fix crews were hard at work across the region Friday morning taking care of the messes left by the powerful storm, which downed trees onto highways, homes and power lines.

BC Hydro says over 800 field personnel are working around the clock to fix the damage.

The tent was occupied at the time by five people.

"All available crews and resources will be working around the clock until the damage is repaired", the Crown corporation said in an outage update Friday.

"For the safety of the public, we are keeping parks and trails closed until further notice".

A person who was stranded on a pier in White Rock, B.C., needed to be rescued by helicopter after part of the structure collapsed in strong winds.

"I'm good - cold and wet", he told reporters back on solid ground.

"It's not safe to be there, folks. These repairs do take a lot of time".

Yesterday's windstorm caused widespread damage to trees, buildings, and roadways, and the RCMP have now confirmed that the storm claimed a life as well.

A Vancouver police officer looks up at a tree that fell onto a house in Vancouver on Thursday. She says field crews surveying the damage on Vancouver Island have said some areas are "complete devastation".

The company recommends passengers check the BC Ferries website before heading out to the terminal.

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