Telephone pole balanced on beams near the Oxford Street and Thrift Avenue intersection. (@magtell Twitter photo)

UPDATE: Safety concern raised over White Rock telephone pole

BC Hydro says work is a ‘safe and common practise’

BC Hydro says a hydro pole, which caused safety concerns for some residents Wednesday, was part of a pole replacement procedure.

Resident Maggie Bernet tweeted a video of the telephone pole yesterday, which is located at the corner of Oxford Street and Thrift Avenue.

“Went for an evening stroll we noticed this #MickeyMouse electrical pole set-up,” Bernet’s tweet reads. “It appears a cement pole is holding up the electrical pole and I’m dumb founded what the cement pole is resting on? Is this safe and or legal?”

BC Hydro spokesperson Kevin Aquino told Peace Arch News Thursday that the video shows part of a pole replacement procedure when a joint-use pole is charged by BC Hydro and Telus.

”What you see are TELUS cables on a concrete pole that is strapped to a new BC Hydro pole. This is a safe and common practise and BC Hydro has completed its work as part of the pole replacement. It is now TELUS’ responsibility to complete the removal of the pole,” Aquino writes to PAN.

PAN has contacted Telus for comment.

More to come…

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