Power outages Thursday, Friday and Sunday, trees down all over the place as the remnants of Typhoon Songda made landfall Saturday night.
As I returned to Port Renfrew late Sunday afternoon the road from Sooke looked much like it did on my trip out Saturday morning. There was evidence of about a half dozen trees having been across the highway. It was not until I reached Port Renfrew that signs of devastation greeted me. Lights were on in lower Beach Camp, a good sign since we had power outages Thursday and Friday. At the transfer station the road was blocked so I opted to park at the store and walk home. Discussion at the store was that power would probably be on about 11 pm so I bought some candles.
No less than 5 BC Hydro repair trucks stood by waiting for the tree clearing to be completed and another two arrived later. At one point I counted about 20 people on site.
Opposite Andrew Purdey’s house at 17086 Parkinson Road several dozen trees had come down across the road. The hillside to the south was littered with large clumps of uprooted trees. The tree removal supervisor commented that the blowdown was probably a result of the clearing that has been done recently on that property.
Two sections of power lines littered the road.
A very large tree had smashed the Purdey gate and some patio furniture but it looked like the house was unscathed.
As the light started to fail them the crew moved to falling some additional trees which threatened to come down in the next storm. Probably a good idea since the Friday outage had occurred because of a tree falling in the same location.
Fortunately the new Pacific Gateway Marina development allowed access to the road into Beach Camp as a detour so I retrieved my vehicle from the store and went to survey the damage on the other side of the river.
Out at the Port Renfrew Marina another pile of trees awaited the cleanup crew.
The tree removal crew had arrived about 8 am Sunday morning. The trees were such a mangled mess they had to bring a specialist to help them decide how to safely begin removal. As dusk fell they still had a lot of work ahead of them in our area.
The Pacheedaht community was also hard hit. See: Pacheedaht Community Hit hard by Songda.
The 4 day ordeal was a result of 3 storms moving through the area in quick succession. The last one hitting Saturday night was the tail end of super typhoon Songda.
Thanks to CBC for that image.