Over-height vehicle damages Clearwater communications

Telephone lines pulled out in the basement, and the fibreoptic cable snapped

To the editor;

Sometime between 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23 and Saturday morning, someone with an over-height vehicle, perhaps someone with a logging truck, drove through the Medical Centre parking lot from the Sportsplex side and caught the telephone line and fibreoptic cable.

The telephone lines were pulled from their connection in the basement, the fibreoptic cable pulled the staples out of the wall in our basement and eventually snapped in the pipe to the roof. The roof-top mast was bent over at 90 degrees and the broken line was left lying in our parking lot. There was also damage to the attachment to the main Telus lines.

It is hard for me to imagine that whoever was responsible didn’t realize that this had occurred.

I would like to thank members of my staff who observed the downed lines on Saturday morning. I would also like to thank Rick Ebert who committed significant amounts of time on Sunday doing repair work to the mast and other structures and to Larry Symons for providing some of the necessary materials.

I would also like to thank Telus for their rapid and effective response. Their crews were here both Saturday evening and Sunday working on the system until close to 10 o’clock so that we could be operational again on Monday morning.

Without this effort we would have had neither the phones or access to our electronic medical records.

Telus’ rapid and extensive support is much appreciated.

Hopefully the camera at the Sportsplex that points to the back of our building will be helpful in finding the person responsible.

If anybody has any further information about this incident I would appreciate them contacting the RCMP.

John A. Soles, M.D.

Clearwater, B.C.


Just Posted

TNRD renews Dangerous Dogs Contract for area

Highlights from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) Board of Directors’ meeting of Nov. 22

Barriere family airlifted to Vancouver due to carbon monoxide exposure have now returned home

A family of five from Barriere was transported to Vancouver for medical… Continue reading

Sundhu new president of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo New Democrats

Candidate in 2015 will steer the riding association as another candidate is chosen for 2019 federal election campaign

Butter: to churn or not to churn? That is the Question

I was having a muffin the other day and watching myself spread… Continue reading

Local RCMP recover stolen rifles from a property north of Barriere

Anyone wishing to make claim to the firearms should contact detachment

Man caught on camera allegedly trying to defraud ICBC

Auto-insurer warns B.C. drivers to record info after crashes

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

An 800-pound pig named Theodore needs a forever home, B.C. society says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

B.C. teen MMA fighter shows heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home Ws

2,000 Canadians died of an overdose in first 6 months of the year

New data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows the crisis is not subsiding

Another B.C. city votes to ban single-use plastic bags

First six months of proposed ban would focus on education, not enforcement

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally

B.C. trustee’s anti-LGBTQ comments got him barred from schools

Barry Neufeld calls vote to leave him off liaison list ‘workplace discrimination’

Most Read