About 3,800 Chelan County PUD customers are still without power, though utility crews working for the last week to fix damaged power lines and poles celebrated a few successes on Sunday.
By 7 p.m., power was restored to the main transmission line that runs from Leavenworth to Stevens Pass. And the power stayed on all night.
“We fought like crazy with the transmission line,”said PUD spokesman Steve Lachowicz. “Trees were repeatedly falling into the line. We’d get it re-energized, it would hold for a few minutes and then another tree came down and would knock it out.”
Crews also managed to get power back on to about two-thirds of the Chumstick Valley north of Leavenworth on Sunday.
But the worst of the damage and highest number of customers without power remains in the Lake Wenatchee, Plain and Chiwawa Loop Road areas.
Lachowicz said 140 emergency workers are now working on the area, including sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, tree cutters and utility workers from Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Benton and Okanogan counties and contract crews from Hawkeye Construction, Kemp West and Potelco.
The Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross served hot meals to residents on Sunday at Coles Corner with food donated from Viscontis.