December 21, 2018 5:17 pm
Updated: December 22, 2018 1:06 am

Vancouver Island cleanup continues after intense windstorm sweeps across region

WATCH: Storm knocks out Nanaimo's water treatment facility

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Vancouver Island is dealing with a lot of cleanup from the storm on Thursday.

On Friday evening, the City of Nanaimo said it had partially restored power to its water treatment plant, staving off a feared possible boil water advisory.

The city said the plant was still not working at full capacity, and residents and businesses were still being told to limit water consumption.

READ MORE: Tens of thousands without power in aftermath of B.C. windstorm

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On Saltspring Island, downed trees have damaged water infrastructure in the Fernwood area, so that part of the island is under a boil-water advisory.

WATCH: Severe BC windstorm leaves major mess, power outages

In Duncan, a woman was killed when a tree fell on the tent she was in during the morning winds. North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP say the tree came crashing down on the tent with five people inside at approximately 11:25 a.m.

Five people were inside at the time and two other men were injured.

Travel is also impacted as several major routes are closed by downed trees.

Storm damage in Qualicum on Friday.

Storm damage in Qualicum on Friday. Credit: Allan Felker.

A section of Highway 4 near Port Alberni, known as “The Hump” was closed overnight, stranding some travellers in their cars or the community.

Crews worked overnight to clear toppled trees and other debris, as well as restore power.

READ MORE: Pender Island on virtual lockdown after windstorm brings down 50 trees, cuts power to whole community

Pender Island is also cleaning up Friday after the storm knocked down about 50 trees all over the island.

Police are asking people not to come to Pender Island until BC Hydro crews have been able to clear the roads.

Damage on Pender Island. Taken Thursday, Dec. 20. Melody Pender / Pender Island Forum

Damage on Pender Island. Taken Thursday, Dec. 20. Melody Pender / Pender Island Forum

Damage on Pender Island. Taken Thursday, Dec. 20. Melody Pender / Pender Island Forum

Damage on Pender Island. Taken Thursday, Dec. 20. Melody Pender / Pender Island Forum

About 80,000 BC Hydro customers remain without power as of noon on Friday across Vancouver Island.

Damage at Sproat Lake. Credit: Allan Felker

Damage at Sproat Lake. Credit: Allan Felker

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