(Leavenworth, WA) On Monday, December 17th at approximately 3:30 PM the Chelan County Public Works and Chelan County Sheriff’s Office made a cooperative decision to close down a section of Chiwawa Loop Road between Beaver Valley Road and Shugart Flats Road due to wet heavy snow and high winds causing multiple trees to fall onto the county roadway.
The Chelan County PUD were in the area working to restore power due to downed power lines when they, along with a Public Works crew doing snow and tree removal decided it was too much of a safety hazard to continue their work until the storm and conditions subsided.
Road closure barricades are being set up until the road can be safely reopened. Residents are encouraged to stay off the roadways in the Plain and Lake Wenatchee area as conditions continue to be hazardous. Rivercom Dispatch center continues to take numerous hazard calls from down trees caused from the heavy snow and high winds.
The Chelan County PUD is reporting multiple power outages in the Leavenworth, Plain and Lake Wenatchee areas, to include parts of the Chumstick Hwy, Chiwawa Loop Road, Shugart Flats, South Shore Drive and the Alps located in the Tumwater Canyon on US-2.
Rivercom has also reported roadways blocked due to downed trees on River Road, Cedar Brae, Nason Road and Conard Road.
Weather is predicted to have increased snowfall (2-4 inches) throughout the evening with wind gusts to exceed 30 plus MPH. Winds are expected to decrease to approximately 6 MPH by early Tuesday morning.
Residents are encouraged not to travel on these local roads unless absolutely necessary. Due to the high level of danger from the high risk of falling trees, crews will not be out until the conditions subside unless a medical emergency warrants a response.
If you have a situation that isn’t an emergency but you need to find important information due to the storm, please call Rivercom dispatch at 509-663-9911. This is a 24 / 7 non-emergency phone line.
For power outages please contact the Chelan County PUD at 877-783-8123 (a 24 hour power outage report line)