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Additional crews called in to help turn the power on for many Lake Wenatchee – Plain residents

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Additional crews called in to help turn the power on for many Lake Wenatchee – Plain residents

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December 21, 2012

lake wenatchee storm (Leavenworth, WA) At 6:00AM the Incident Management Team met at the PUD in Wenatchee to report on the progress made yesterday evening and to coordinate work moving forward in the continued effort to recover power in the Plain‐Lake Wenatchee areas.

Thanks to a well‐coordinated effort and milder weather conditions, yesterday evening crews were able to make progress clearing access and restoring vital infrastructure. The Unified Command Structure will continue to synchronize efforts to align with operation objectives to provide and maintain access and restore infrastructure to effected areas. All field reports indicate that this has been a positive and effective process. Work will continue as yesterday, with forward progress highly dependent on conditions. A deliberately proactive approach will be made today to spot and address “problem trees” to mitigate further damage as much as possible.

Safety remains the number one priority for PUD and Public Works’ crews. The Incident Management Team continues to encourage travelers to restrict travel to emergency and necessary travel. Conditions are hazardous in the Plain and Lake Wenatchee area.

Chelan County Public Works:
Public Works ran evening crews with the PUD utility crews yesterday until about 10:00PM, assisting with opening up access for utility repair. There were no emergency calls during the night. Crews will again be investigating routes throughout daylight hours for fallen trees and impassible conditions and will work on snow and ice control as necessary throughout the district and the county. Roads currently closed are also listed on the Public Works webpage and will be updated throughout the day:

  • Brae Burn Road
  • Cedar Brae Road
  • Chiwawa Loop Road (MP 0.00 – 3.20)
  • River Road

Public Works will run four crews today in conjunction with PUD workers, as well as a crew assigned to snow and ice control. Chelan County thanks all residents for their patience as we work to restore emergency access to these hard‐hit areas.

An interactive map has been posted on the Public Works website, showing parcels that are currently without power and the current road closures. This map will be updated as new information arrives.

Chelan County Public Utility District:
More crews coming from other utilities to work on Plain‐Lake Wenatchee outage:
As of Friday morning, two more utility crews from Benton County PUD were added to the force of responders who are clearing roads and fallen trees and trying to restore power to an estimated 2,000 customers in the Plain and Lake Wenatchee areas. Some sections of the power system will require to be rebuilt from the ground up with new poles and related equipment before power can be restored.

Progress was made Thursday in re‐establishing service along a key distribution line that runs along the north shore of Lake Wenatchee and efforts today were going to be focused on making repairs to the tap lines that run off from that main line. Crews from Grant PUD and Douglas PUD were still working in the area of the south shore of Lake Wenatchee trying to extend the service restorations that brought the Kahler Glen area back into power on Thursday.

Main areas of concern remain the Chiwawa Loop Road and Chiwawa River Pines area, where damage has been extensive. New assessments on a strategy for repairs in that area are expected today. PUD personnel again conducted fly‐over inspections with a helicopter on Thursday, checking for further damage and using the helicopter to blow snow off hazardous trees that were still upright but threatening to topple. Highway 207 was closed for a time in the afternoon to allow that work to proceed safely. The helicopter was expected back in the air today.

About 500 fiber‐optic customers remain without access because repairs must wait for electrical service to be restored before fiber repairs can be attempted.

PUD customers can receive updates on power restoration by following Chelan PUD on Twitter at “CCPUD” and on the PUD website under “Outages and Alerts.”


Resources:

  • Rivercom (for all emergencies): 911
  • Customers can report new outages and safety concerns: (877)‐783‐8123 (24‐hour hotline)
  • Customers with non‐emergency questions call PUD Customer Service: (509) 663‐8121
  • Chelan County Public Works: (509) 667‐6415
  • Apple Valley Red Cross: (509) 663‐3907

Receive Updates on the Web:

  • Chelan County Public Utility District (for information regarding utility restoration)
  • Chelan County Public Works (for information regarding road restrictions)
  • Chelan County Emergency Management (continuing updates regarding emergency response and
  • services)

SAFETY REMINDER: For the safety of residents, emergency responders and the traveling public, Chelan County reminds motorists to stay away of restricted areas. This will allow for better mobility and safer conditions for responders and work crews.

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