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#2281 Mike K.

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Posted 26 August 2021 - 07:31 AM

Yeah, it looks like that might be it. What’s with the dumpster on its side?

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#2282 pontcanna

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Posted 27 August 2021 - 07:02 AM

Garbage truck buddy drove off with the dumpster on top of the truck, the extra height snagged the lines apparently. Power was out until about 3 o'clock that afternoon, forcing many businesses to close for the day. Wonder if the guy still has a job.

 

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#2283 Mike K.

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Posted 27 August 2021 - 07:19 AM

Ah, so the bin was "on" the truck. Crazy.


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#2284 todd

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Posted 30 August 2021 - 10:25 AM

 Wonder if the guy still has a job.

 

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 07:20 AM

TCH Northbound is closed (as well as the Galloping Goose) between Carey and Tillicum. No reason given but forensics was there and clothing was seen in the road  https://vancouverisl...ation-1.5572481



#2286 Mike K.

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Posted 03 September 2021 - 07:24 AM

Word is someone was struck by a vehicle, possibly a commercial truck.

 

Northbound lanes remain closed but southbound lanes were closed for a while this AM, too. Vehicles are being detoured via Carey.


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#2287 laconic

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Posted 08 September 2021 - 07:26 PM

There was a fire at the base of a power pole on Princess Street.

 

I called 911 when the fire was still pretty small and there was no-one there. Once I said "Fire" for the service I was put on hold.

 

I had time to stand on my balcony and watch the fire grow for a while, go inside and sit at the table, put the phone on speaker, continue shuffling cards and watch the fire grow. Police and fire arrived. I stayed on the line (because then they don't have to call back) and still waited.

 

Android oddly enough just show 911 calls in history, but I'd say I was on hold for at least 10 minutes. I wouldn't have wanted it to be my house.



#2288 Mike K.

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Posted 08 September 2021 - 07:48 PM

I guess we should no longer yell “fire!” in an emergency.

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Posted 08 September 2021 - 08:40 PM

There was a fire at the base of a power pole on Princess Street.

 

I called 911 when the fire was still pretty small and there was no-one there. Once I said "Fire" for the service I was put on hold.

 

I had time to stand on my balcony and watch the fire grow for a while, go inside and sit at the table, put the phone on speaker, continue shuffling cards and watch the fire grow. Police and fire arrived. I stayed on the line (because then they don't have to call back) and still waited.

 

Android oddly enough just show 911 calls in history, but I'd say I was on hold for at least 10 minutes. I wouldn't have wanted it to be my house.

 

 

A couple of weeks I noticed what appeared to be a downed power line hanging over the exit of my condo's parking lot.  About 10 feet off the ground.  It wasn't sparking or looking all that dangerous, and honestly looked like it was just the insulation that had fallen off the wire.

 

The fire department showed up with lights and sirens in less than 10 minutes.  


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#2290 pontcanna

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Posted 15 September 2021 - 09:54 AM

Parksville man dies while family on 911 half-hour hold
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  • The children of a 72-year-old Parksville man say their father died on his kitchen floor while they were on hold with 911 for half an hour before an ambulance arrived.

Retired Mountie and lawyer Harry Charles Blakey died on Aug. 27, about 15 minutes into a 30-minute wait for an ambulance after 911 was called, said family.

 

Now a death that would have been heartbreaking on its own has been ratcheted up to traumatic.

 

“Get the 911 recording — you’ll hear a family watch their father die on the kitchen floor,” said Kevin Blakey in an interview from Calgary, where the couple lives.

 

“Being put on hold and having to hear that [automated message loop in the background], it was like water dripping on your forehead — torture. It would have been easier if we didn’t try. It would have been less traumatic.”

 

The family heard: “You have reached the B.C. Ambulance emergency line — a call taker will be with you shortly.” After a three-second gap, the recording played again. The minutes seemed like hours. Chuck, semiconscious, gasped for air.

 

At nine-and-a-half minutes, Kevin yelled into the phone “hurry the f*** up.” A voice on the other end said, in what Kevin described as a detached tone, that help was coming.

 

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