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Travellers face long waits as BC Ferries works to recover from windstorm

Last Updated Oct 26, 2019 at 10:02 am PDT

FILE - BC Ferries is adjusting service levels across multiple routes for the next 60 days. (Courtesy Transportation Safety Board) (Source: facebook.com/BC-Ferries)
Summary

Friday's windstorm has toppled trees and has put thousands in the dark, and affected travel by land, water and air

Those waiting at the Tsawwassen terminal are expected to experience long wait times for most of Saturday morning

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The fallout from Friday’s massive windstorm continues Saturday morning as hundreds flood the Tsawwassen terminal to try to finally get to Vancouver Island.

Those waiting at the Tsawwassen terminal are expected to experience long wait times for most of Saturday morning’s sailings which are already 100 per cent full.

Deborah Marshall, executive director of BC Ferries says, ferries are running a lot smoother Saturday morning compared to the day before.

“A few of our vessels are running a bit behind schedule because we are trying to get as many vehicles as possible on those ships,” she says.

“We know there is pent up demand from yesterday are we are trying to get all of our customers on their way as soon as possible.”

Friday’s windstorm caused 25 sailings to cancel across three major routes. A bulk of those being around the Swartz Bay run.

Ferry passenger, Mike Boehm, has been trying to get to Duke Point since the windstorm hit Friday.

“We had a reservation last night and (BC Ferries) cancelled it, so we had to head back to the line up to get a refund which took hours,” he said.

“We didn’t get home until late last night, and now we are up first thing in the morning and there are line ups again.”

Boehm says he’s never seen the terminal this busy.

Marshall says the windstorm’s duration was quite odd causing cancellations from 11 a.m. and throughout the rest of the day Friday.

“Often we will see these storms blow though within a couple of hours,” she says.

As of Saturday, the weather storm has blown through and the ferries are back to normal operations.

Yesterday’s windstorm toppled trees, some landing on cars, put thousands in the dark, and affected travel by water, land and air.

Even SkyTrain hit a snag when a tree fell on a track disrupting the Expo Line between Commercial-Broadway and Metrotown for most of the evening.

Over 100-thousand BC Hydro customers across the province lost electricity at some point Friday, although most are back on the grid Saturday morning.

The winds also forced the closure of some major parks, including Stanley Park and VanDusen Garden.

Stanley Park reopened this Saturday around 8 a.m. while VanDusen is opening Saturday afternoon.