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Lake Wenatchee – Plain Storm Update

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Lake Wenatchee – Plain Storm Update

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December 19, 2012

(Leavenworth, WA) At 6:00 AM this morning, members of the Incident Management Team met at the PUD office in
Wenatchee to report on the work completed in the night and assess the needs moving forward today to address on-going infrastructure and public safety issues brought on by severe winter weather conditions in the Plain-Lake Wenatchee areas.

At this meeting, it was reported that work through the night had gone well with favorable weather conditions allowing for crews to complete work to restore the three substations that had been down since the storm.

Further, Chelan County Board of Commissioners made an Emergency Declaration for the ice storm in the Plain area.

Chelan County Public Works:
There continues to be impassible roads in the Lake Wenatchee/Plain area. These roads are also listed on the Public Works webpage and will be updated:

  • Brae Burn Road
  • Cottonwood Lane (#36470)

Public Works is encouraging drivers to restrict travel to necessary destinations. Work continues on roads that were previously closed and have only been opened with one pass of a snow plow.
Further, with current and forecasted snow fall, conditions may likely take a turn, with the
potential for more falling trees and deep snow. Other Public Works crews have been diverted to
support the clean-up effort today in the Leavenworth District and will assist as long as they can
before returning to normal snow and ice control throughout the county as the today’s predicted
storm unfolds.

Chelan County Public Utility District:
Chelan PUD line crews, with the help of a five-person crew from Douglas PUD, worked through the night Tuesday into Wednesday to repair power lines and poles damaged Monday by heavy snow and wind. They were able to restore power to about 1,000 customers in and around Plain and most electric service in the Chumstick Valley, northwest of Leavenworth.

Overall about 3,830 Chelan PUD customers – higher than first estimated – in the Lake Wenatchee, Plain and Chumstick areas lost power mid-afternoon Monday when high wind and Keeping Chelan County a great place to live, work & play heavy, wet snow caused trees to fall into lines and across roads, restricting access. About 2,900 customers were still without power Wednesday morning.

PUD line crews will continue to work through the day Wednesday, focusing on repairs on the north and south shores of Lake Wenatchee where there is extensive damage and on Shugart Flats, Chiwawa Loop Road and Kahler Glen.
Reports from the field estimate more than 100 trees and/or limbs fell into lines damaging at least 50 power poles, which must be replaced along with line and equipment. Repairs have been grouped into about 80 separate projects. A contract line crew from Hawkeye Construction is joining PUD crews today to tackle repairs.

There are 45-50 PUD crew members in the field. They made significant progress Tuesday and overnight Wednesday repairing the high-voltage transmission line that carries electricity into the area and restoring power to the Coles Corner, Lake Wenatchee and Plain substations that send power out to neighborhoods, homes and businesses. Restoring power also brought back Internet access on the PUD’s wholesale fiber-optic network to about one-third of the
approximately 750 locations that are served by private firms over the PUD network.

Traveling is still extremely hazardous in the area and residents and visitors are asked to restrict driving to all but emergency travel. 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.” Customers can report new outages and safety concerns by calling the 24-hour outage line at 1-877-783-8123. Customers with non-emergency questions about the outage can call PUD Customer Service at (509) 663-8121.

Individuals in need of shelter due to power outage, the Red Cross has set-up a emergency shelter at the Icicle River Middle School, located at 10195 Titus Road in Leavenworth.

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