Clallam County Public Utility District officials report that there were about 50 homes still without power from a Nov. 4 windstorm when snow began to fall the night of Monday, Nov. 7 — leading to more power outages when trees fell on power lines.
PUD’s crews worked Nov. 4-7 to restore nearly 8,500 customers between Sequim and Port Angeles.
At the height of Nov. 7th’s outages, about 2,000 customers lost power likely due to wet snow weighing down trees and lines, Clallam PUD spokesperson Nicole Hartman said.
“Again, (outages were) all over the place split between Sequim and Port Angeles and Diamond Point,” Hartman said.
The National Weather Service of Seattle reports the Sequim area saw 1 inch to about 5 inches of snow over Nov. 7-8.
In an online update, PUD officials wrote that “if your power is still out but you see that your neighbors have power, or you don’t see your location on our outage map, or you are just unsure, FIRST, check your breakers, then, if you are still without power, call us at 360-452-9771.”
Less than 20 customers were reported without power on Nov. 12, according to Clallam PUD’s website.
Crews are still assessing the total outages, Hartman said, and how many poles were damaged from the wind and snow storms.
PUD officials report that if there’s an immediate public safety issue to call 9-1-1, and — depending on the nature of the problem — the proper authorities will be sent, including PUD crews if a power line is involved.
Dan Orr, Clallam County Fire District 3 assistant chief, said fire crews were dispatched through the night and morning of Nov. 7 and 8 to many downed power lines to ensure the public’s safety and prevent any potential fires.
Fire District 3 crews were in high demand on Nov. 4-5 as all units were committed at one point, reported fire chief Ben Andrews, so they shifted to each station staying in its general area for non-life threatening calls.
In the City of Sequim, some street crews began plowing snow around 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in higher elevations, said public works director Sarah VanAusdle.
The full snow removal night crew worked from 9:30-11:30 p.m. to clear all city streets and sanded some intersections and overpasses, she said.