LAKE WENATCHEE — More than 3,500 Chelan County PUD customers who have been beleaguered by power outages for the last few weeks lost power yet again on Thursday.
The power blinked out around 8:40 a.m. to customers in the Coles Corner, Lake Wenatchee and Plain areas after a tree fell into a transmission line.
PUD spokeswoman Kimberly Craig said power from Puget Sound Energy was rerouted from Stevens Pass area and restored to most customers by a little after 9 a.m. Some customers along the south shore of Lake Wenatchee got their power back by 9:30 a.m.
Craig said the downed tree is in a remote area, and crews were planning to go in by snowcat today to remove the tree, which came down in Dead Horse Canyon between Leavenworth and Coles Corner.
Meanwhile, about 80 PUD customers are still without power since a damaging Dec. 16-17 winter storm.
About half are vacation homes along the south shore of Lake Wenatchee and the rest are scattered throughout the Lake Wenatchee and Plain areas. It’s unknown how long it will take to bring power back to those homes and Lake Wenatchee State Park, Craig said.