UPDATE 6 a.m.: Chelan County PUD expects to fully restore power by 10 a.m. Approximately 20 customers have been without power since 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, when a falling pine tree toppled a power pole, which dragged down four more poles near the intersection of Highway 2 and Icicle Road.
LEAVENWORTH — Highway 2 is back open this evening, but nearly 200 Chelan County PUD customers, including two hotels, remain out of power after a wind-blown pine tree toppled five power poles along Icicle Road this afternoon.
PUD spokeswoman Kimberlee Craig said the damage is also affecting about 80 people served by the PUD’s fiber-optics network, since crews had to disconnect the fiber cable on the damaged poles to begin working on the power cables.
About 190 PUD customers are still without power, including two hotels. Crews hope to restore power to those hotels and other affected businesses within about two hours. She said that same repair should reduce total outages to about 160.
Power to remaining customers and to the fiber users likely won’t be restored until Wednesday morning, Craig said.
The outage happened around 3 p.m., when a large pine tree toppled a main power pole, which took four others down with it along a 500-yard stretch of Icicle Road, about 500 yards from its intersection with Highway 2.
The highway was closed temporarily until crews removed a downed powerline that was crossing the road, Craig said.
Look for more information here as it becomes available.
Christine Pratt: 665-1173