The failure of one segment of underground infrastructure triggered almost a chain reaction of power outages in areas of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam Monday afternoon, leaving about 6,000 homes without power.
The initial outage took place shortly before 4 p.m. in the City Centre area of Coquitlam, leaving about 3,000 without power.
According to BC Hydro spokesperson Jennifer Young, the cause behind the initial incident was "an underground cable fault."
"This happens at this time of year with warmer weather after a long damp spell. It has to do with the cables contracting and expanding. It's not hugely unusual at this time of year," she said.
After the initial outage, however, further problems popped up in pockets of the Westwood Plateau, northeast Coquitlam and into Port Coquitlam between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. Power wasn't restored to those homes until well into Tuesday morning.
"The outage moved a little bit through the community as we worked to restore - by the time we got everyone back on, it was about 3 o'clock in the morning," Young said.
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