Sicamous residents without a cellphone wouldn’t have been able to call in a motorvehicle accident Monday that ripped down telephone lines along Highway 97A.
The incident occurred at around 2 p.m. According to witnesses, a dump truck with its box up turned onto the highway and wound up snagging six overhead Telus cables, bringing them, along with three poles, down across the highway near Main Street.
According to Telus, this left about 500 Sicamous residents without phone or Internet access.
“Telus crews are onsite, and will begin repairs as soon as BC Hydro declares the area safe from electrical hazards due to downed power lines,” explained Telus in a Monday evening news release. “TELUS crews will work around the clock to restore service as quickly as possible. Due to the extensive damage it may be some time Wednesday before all services are restored.”
Meanwhile, the RCMP were urging residents requiring emergency services to use a cellphone until the landlines are restored.