Puget Sound Energy restores power for 4,300 customers in Issaquah

November 1, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

UPDATED — 9:25 a.m. Nov. 1, 2011

Puget Sound Energy restored power to about 4,300 customers in Issaquah by 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.

PSE spokeswoman Allison Stanford said equipment failed at a substation occurred at about 8:15 a.m. and caused the outage.

The outage started after a power disruption at Newport Way Northwest and Issaquah-Renton Road. PSE dispatched a service crew to the area to investigate.

Residents reported seeing a flash and hearing a loud pop before the power failed.

In the meantime, homes and businesses — including the Costco corporate headquarters — sat darkened for about one hour. Residents in the Talus urban village and other Cougar Mountain communities reported outages.

The outage also left traffic lights nonfunctional during the busy morning commute. Motorists should obey rules for four-way stop signs at such intersections.

“Once they can determine what the cause was, they can begin to restore power,” Stanford said just after 8 a.m.

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