LAKE WENATCHEE — Power has now been restored to all but about 80 customers in the Lake Wenatchee area after a massive tree fall toppled power poles and broke lines to more than 3,800 residences before Christmas.
About half of the meters still without power are mostly summer cabins past the end of the pavement on Lake Wenatchee south shore, said Kim Craig, Chelan County PUD spokeswoman. The other outages are spread throughout the area between Lake Wenatchee and Plain. The PUD has four 4-person crews working in the area today.
Another seven crew members are following the electrical crews to restore fiber services that were also taken out by the falling trees. Craig said there were about 205 customers with fiber outages, which can offer any combination of phone, Internet and television services. Electricity must be restored before fiber to customers who lost both, she said.
Fiber outages are spread between Lake Wenatchee, Fish Lake, Chiwawa River Pines, Ponderossa Pines and the Leavenworth side of Beaver Hill.
Craig couldn’t say how long it would take to restore power and other services to all the customers, but the good news is that there haven’t been more outages caused by more falling trees.
“Crews are out restoring power to main feeders and then going from incident to incident. Some of them take time,” she said.
Rick Steigmeyer: 664-7151