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Wednesday night storm less significant than expected; but some Lake Wenatchee residents remain with out electricity

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Wednesday night storm less significant than expected; but some Lake Wenatchee residents remain with out electricity

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December 20, 2012

Plain Storm(Leavenworth, WA) At 6:00AM this morning, members of the Incident Management Team met at the PUD in Wenatchee to report on the efforts and issues that arose during the night and establish next steps in clearing access and recovering power in the Plain‐Lake Wenatchee areas.

Though snowfall was less significant than anticipated; forward momentum was stalled as conditions continued to be hazardous for crews with trees continuing to fall, resulting in road closures and power outages. There is a report of a falling tree colliding with a vehicle, with the driver sustaining injuries. Emergency crews were able to respond. There is no further report at this time regarding the condition of the driver of that vehicle.

Utility and road crews will work today in support of each other, with PUD crews clearing out down lines to allow road crews to clear fallen trees and snow from roadways and road crews will mobilize to clear for PUD line crews to access areas vital to power restoration efforts. Tree crews have cleared Brae Burn Road and road crews will work to clear access there.

Safety remains the number one priority for PUD and Public Works’ crews. The Incident Management team is encouraging all drivers to restrict travel to emergency and necessary travel. Conditions still remain hazardous in the Plain and Lake Wenatchee area.

Chelan County Public Works:
Weather last night has created impassible conditions on several roads in the Lake Wenatchee/Plain area and crews are still investigating routes for fallen trees and poor conditions. Roads currently closed are also listed on the Public Works webpage and will be updated as information arrives:

  • Brae Burn Road
  • Cedar Brae Road
  • Chiwawa Loop Road (MP 0.00 – 8.3)
  • North Shore Road
  • White River Road

Public Works’ crews from other districts have been mobilized to the Plain and Lake Wenatchee areas to assist opening up access on currently impassable roads. The public is advised that this may create conditions in other districts where snow is removed later than usual. Chelan County thanks all residents for their patience as we work to restore emergency access to these hard‐hit areas.

Keeping Chelan County a great place to live, work & play 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 trees fall into power lines overnight; nine line crews working Thursday to repair damage:
Snow‐laden trees started falling again Wednesday night in the Lake Wenatchee‐Plain area causing problems on the high‐voltage lines that carry power into the area, cutting service to many customers who had seen their power come back on during the day.

About 1,770 Chelan PUD customers are without power Thursday morning. There is substantial damage to PUD lines with estimates that 50 or more poles must be replaced. It’s expected that crews  will make progress in restoring power today in all the areas affected, but there is no estimates of when service will be restored.

Nine line crews are working in the area Thursday along with other PUD employees who are assessing damage and delivering materials plus three to four contract tree removal crews. Line crews from Grant and Douglas PUDs and contractor Hawkeye Construction are also on the job.

Information to help customers manage during the extended outage is being distributed in the area today and posted at stores, restaurants and other gathering places.

The Grant County and Hawkeye crews had planned to work through the night but were pulled back Wednesday evening for safety precautions as more trees began falling. Crews resumed work along the south and north shores of Lake Wenatchee very early Thursday morning.

Chelan PUD fiber crews will also be working in the area to restore connections once power is restored. About 450 to 500 connections are off‐line.

About 3,800 Chelan PUD customers in the Lake Wenatchee, Plain and Chumstick areas lost power on Monday during a storm that brought wind and up to two feet of wet, heavy snow to the area.

Coordination with the county Public Works, Sheriff’s Office and the PUD under will continue as all the agencies work to provide access in and out of the area for residents. Chelan County Fire District 1 is also providing support.
A new interactive map on the Public Works website outlines the areas still without power. It will be
updated regularly.

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)
  • Keeping Chelan County a great place to live, work & play
  • 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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