Crews restore power to some Issaquah residents, but others wait

January 20, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 p.m. Jan. 20, 2012

Puget Sound Energy crews had restored power to many Issaquah neighborhoods by early Friday evening, but large swaths remained in the dark as workers race to restore power across the region.

Downtown residents reported power coming back just after 5:30 p.m. Crews restored power for residents in some areas, including the Issaquah Highlands, late Thursday.

Puget Sound Energy estimated 8,876 customers in Issaquah without power early Friday evening — down from about 18,000 customers without power midday Thursday. Crews continue to work on restoring power to the areas left in the dark.

Still, despite the success, officials remained concerned about the possibility of additional weather challenges in the days ahead.

Line crews arrive to remove an ice-laden tree fallen onto a 69,000 volt transmission line, at Southeast 105th Place on Issaquah-Hobart Road. By Greg Farrar

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle predicted rain to fall in the Issaquah area through the weekend. Expect sustained winds in the 20 mph to 30 mph range, and gusts up to 41 mph Friday night. Forecasters said strong winds should continue Saturday and Sunday. Possible Issaquah Creek and street flooding also remain concerns.

The ice- and snow-laden trees could drop branches on roads and residences in high winds.

Officials also directed people without power to a shelter set up by the city and the American Red Cross at the Issaquah Community Center.

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