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.

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5 Responses to “Issaquah residents confront power outages amid icy conditions”

  1. Linda Greenmun on January 19th, 2012 10:56 am

    I am trying to let my daughter know when she may expect the power to be returned in Issaquah 98027–thanks for any help you may offer…

  2. Michael Croyle on January 19th, 2012 1:01 pm

    Can anyone give some time-frame when power in Issaquah might be restored?

  3. Michael Croyle on January 19th, 2012 1:02 pm

    Does anyone know when power will be restored in Issaquah or at least a time frame?

  4. MFStuntman on January 19th, 2012 1:10 pm

    I called the 1-888 number and it was useless. I understand this is bigger than just my little ol’ house in Issaquah, but something saying more than ”we have nothing for you at this time” would be super!

  5. Dj Stormbrewer on January 19th, 2012 2:29 pm

    If this is anything like last year it will be at least another 24 hours before you will see any results

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