Some Issaquah customers face wait for power restoration
January 22, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 12:40 p.m. Jan. 22, 2012
Some Puget Sound Energy customers in the Issaquah area could remain without power until late Wednesday evening, as utility crews continue the arduous cleanup from crippling winter storms last week.
Customers in Issaquah and unincorporated King County communities — Hobart and Preston — face the longest waits for restoration, late Wednesday evening.
Power is expected to be restored in Mirrormont on Tiger Mountain by early Monday evening.
In a proposed restoration timeline released Saturday evening, Bellevue-based PSE said communities in forested or remote areas face the longest waits.
Power failed across the Issaquah area and Western Washington early Jan. 19 as a major snowstorm yielded into a rare ice storm. The power failure impacted more than 18,000 customers in Issaquah and more than 200,000 customera across the region as the day wore on.
PSE called in crews from Western states and Canadian provinces twhiny on Washington-based restoration teams.
Customers without power should turn off appliances and lights, so when power returns, the demand does not overwhelm the system and cause another outage.
Meanwhile, a stretch of Southwest Ellerwood Street on Squak Mountain remains closed due to downed trees.
Otherwise, city, King County Road Services and state Department of Transportation crews reported improving road conditions across the area.