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‘Uniquely Canadian’: Busy beavers knock out B.C. town’s internet for 36 hours

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Residents of the northern B.C. town of Tumbler Ridge suddenly found themselves without many modern conveniences last Saturday. – Apr 28, 2021

Residents of the northern B.C. town of Tumbler Ridge suddenly found themselves without many modern conveniences recently.

Further investigation discovered it was a uniquely Canadian service disruption.

Just after 4 a.m. on Saturday, nearly 1,000 Tumbler Ridge residents lost their internet, TV or mobile service.

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Telus technicians scrambled to determine what had happened and discovered their main cable, which was buried a metre underground, had been exposed.

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The four and a half inch conduit had been breached and the was cable severed in multiple locations.

Turns out, the saboteurs were beavers.

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They had dug down to the cable and actually used some of the material to build their dam.

A look at the damage the beavers had done to the Telus cable. Courtesy: Telus
A look at the damage the beavers had done to the Telus cable. Courtesy: Telus.
This picture shows how the beavers used some of the cable material to build their dam. Courtesy: Telus
This picture shows how the beavers used some of the cable material to build their dam. Courtesy: Telus.

Technicians went to work in the partially frozen ground and got services back up by Sunday afternoon.

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