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.

Portland General Electric crews work among downed trees on a Squak Mountain street Sunday. By Patty Hagar

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.

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2 Responses to “Some Issaquah customers face wait for power restoration”

  1. Caryn Vainio on January 22nd, 2012 2:30 pm

    I’m one of the customers in this area and I don’t understand this — our neighbor got an estimate of 6pm tonight directly from PSE. Now I’m seeing in your article that it’s WEDNESDAY night? Which is it and why are there two different estimates?

    I can understand it taking a long time to restore power to those of us way out there. But we’ve had two different estimated times that PSE completely blew by. As a result we keep planning only two days out only to be told it’ll be another two days. Now the food in our deep freezer is all wasted. Why couldn’t they have just told us the long estimate in the first place? I’m more angry at having wasted four days than if I’d just known all along it could take until Wednesday.

  2. Johanne Cardinal-Dyason on January 22nd, 2012 5:24 pm

    I’m sure the crews are doing a great job, but – can PSE please explain how the grid system works? We live on West Sunset Way, witthin a quarter mile of our house, on all four points go the compass, power has been restored, on Friday night. Our enclave of homes, maybe forty, are dark. The PSE website indicates that “Issaquah” will have power by late Wednesday. I’ve got news for them, Issaquah has power now, except of course for us and our immediate neighbors!

    So, how come?

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