Issaquah power outage impacts 4,300 customers

November 8, 2011

By Staff

Equipment problems left more than 4,000 local residents without power early Nov. 1.

The outage started after a power disruption at Newport Way Northwest and Issaquah-Renton Road occurred just after 8 a.m. Puget Sound Energy dispatched a service crew to the area to investigate.

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

The disruption also left traffic lights nonfunctional during the busy morning commute. Overall, the outage impacted about 4,300 customers.

PSE crews restored power by 9:15 a.m. PSE spokeswoman Allison Stanford said equipment failed at the substation at about 8:15 a.m. and caused the outage.

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

Bellevue-based PSE serves Issaquah and more than 1 million customers, mostly in Western Washington.

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