Kindergarten kids get stuck on Grouse Mountain during windstorm

Nov 16 2017, 2:02 am

High winds whipped through the Lower Mainland on Tuesday night, rerouting ferries, knocking out power, and in one case, stranding kids on top of Grouse Mountain.

A group of kindergarten kids from Surrey’s Sikh Academy had a longer-than-expected field trip to the popular North Shore destination, after the weather forced mountain operations to go on standby.

“With yesterday’s high winds we did put the Skyride on standby for safety reasons,” Grouse Mountain’s Julia Grant confirmed to Daily Hive.

As a result, the kids had no choice but to wait out the weather in the mountain-top chalet.

But according to Sikh Academy’s Vice Prinicpal Sveena Pagely, the students remained in good spirits.

“All students were fine and indoors in a chalet,” Pagely told Daily Hive. “They were well taken care of by the staff at Grouse mountain. They were provided free food and refreshments.”

After arriving at the mountain at 10 am, the students were finally able to get down and go home around 6:30 pm.

“All students, staff and parents were transported back to the school safely,” Pagely added.

Ferries rerouted

The adverse weather and high winds also resulted in the re-routing and cancelling of ferries during the evening.

Numerous power outages

Numerous power outages were reported across the region as well, leaving thousands of customers in the dark and hydro crews working to keep up.

While Tuesday dawned a little calmer, the forecast calls for more wind and rain throughout the week.

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