BC Hydro is introducing a program to help evacuees fleeing from the ongoing forest fires.
The Wildfire Evacuee Assistance Program will provide bill credits to customers who have been evacuated throughout BC.
Jessica McDonald, BC Hydro’s president and CEO stated in a press release, “The last thing anyone is thinking about in a situation like that is turning off lights, electronics and appliances. We hope our Wildfire Evacuee Assistance Program will provide some financial relief during this challenging time.”
They are also deferring payments, waiving late fees and setting up flexible payment plans for those who have been affected.
The wildfires have cause power outages to about 7,000 people and damage to the hydro system. Around 100 crew are working around the clock to repair damage and replace equipment.
The areas hit the hardest are Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Williams Lake and 100 Mile House. About 170 customers remain without power as of Friday morning. Access to some areas is still limited due fire activity and heavy smoke.
More information on the program can be found at BC Hydro’s website.