Issaquah residents confront power outages amid icy conditions
January 19, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 9:15 a.m. Jan. 19, 2012
In addition to slick roads and ice-covered trees, some Issaquah residents awoke to power outages Thursday morning.
Puget Sound Energy reported numerous outages in the Issaquah area as the morning progressed, including more than 8,700 customers at 9:10 a.m. (Customers can check PSE’s service map for detailed information.)
Bellevue-based PSE said more than 90,000 customers across Western Washington lost power as a result of a major snowstorm and subsequent ice storm.
If the power goes out, PSE customers can call the utility’s automated phone system at 1-888-225-5773 to report outages and learn about service updates.
Ice also raises the potential for trees to down power lines. If residents encounter downed or sagging power lines, do not approach the line. Call the utility company about the damaged line.
Southeast 56th Street from 229th Avenue Southeast to East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast is closed due to downed power lines.
Once power is restored, power levels can vary considerably. The variation can damage electrical appliances. So, residents should turn off the lights and electrical appliances except for refrigerators and freezers. Then, wait at least 15 minutes before turning on the remaining appliances after the power has been restored.
Though generators can be useful amid power outages, generators should never be run indoors due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.