About 20,000 customers still without power Friday morning in Renton area
By DEAN RADFORD
Renton Reporter Editor
January 20, 2012 · Updated 1:34 PM
About 20,000 customers of Puget Sound Energy in the Renton area were still without power Friday morning following this week's snow storm and then the ice storm.
Renton schools remained closed on Friday and garbage wasn't being picked up.
At the height of the outages nearly 400,000 PSE customers were without power.
About 260,000 PSE customers were without power early Friday morning; that number had dropped to about 254,000 by 11 a.m. it could take two or three more days to restore power or perhaps longer in hard-hit areas.
Nearly 100 crews are reworking to restore power. Since Tuesday, crews have restored power to more than 123,000 customers. PSE expects to add 59 more crews today, with 64 more crews arriving from out of state late Saturday.
With safer conditions Friday morning, dozens of Puget Sound Energy crews are gaining access to hard-to-reach transmission lines to make repairs to damaged electric-system equipment in order to bring power supplies to neighborhood substations, according to a company press release.
"With nearly 100 power line crews tackling repairs, PSE hopes to make significant progress today (Friday) in restoring power to thousands of customers," according to the release.
The company points out that it will have better information about restoring power as crews reach hard-hit areas Friday. But snow and ice-laden trees still pose a threat of more outages and strong winds are forecast for Friday night and Saturday.
King County is putting a priority on removing debris to allow Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to reach downed power lines and help restore electricity to customers without power in unincorporated areas.
The county on Friday had about 150 field workers operating on 12-hour shifts to respond to the storm. The foul weather has resulted in the closure of many roads, and residents are advised to be aware of road conditions and closures before leaving the house by checking the status of county roads.
Contact Renton Reporter Editor Dean Radford at email@example.com or 1-425-255-3484 (ext 5050).