More than 16,000 homes lose power in Sequim area

If your lights went off last Saturday in Sequim, you weren’t alone.

Clallam County PUD staff reported 16,300 customers lost power from Agnew to Blyn after a treetop fell onto a power line in Carlsborg on Born Drive just off Old Olympic Highway near Carlsborg Road.

Linemen repaired the damage in less than two hours and restored power at about 11:15 p.m.

Nicole Clark, communications manager for Clallam County PUD, said power also went out to the utility district’s answering service in Blyn, and it took workers about 20 minutes to set up generators before going back online.

Clark said her ability to update the PUD’s website and social media accounts about the outage was also affected, so updates were provided through KSQM FM radio station 91.5.

“We consider the website the primary source of information because anybody with access to the Internet can go there,” Clark said.

“We have customers who don’t use social media so this way everyone can get the information.”

She said power outage information is always put on the website first followed by social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter.

Because of the high amount of people accessing smart phones, Clark said diminished cell service prevented her from accessing the Internet.

However, with a land line she was able to reach KSQM with an update, she said.

If an update is not posted on www.clallampud.net within a few minutes of a power outage, Clark recommends residents tune into its radio partners KSQM 91.5, KONP at 1450 AM, or KFKB Forks 1490, depending on their location.

In an outage, PUD officials recommend residents check breakers and then report issues to 360-452-9771 or 800-542-7859. Also, visit the website for updates and/or report it through your account at www.clallampud.net/.

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