4,300 without electricity Monday morning


DOWNED POLE KNOCKED OUT POWER – Pat Smith came out of his house on the west side of La Conner Whitney Road Monday morning to find a red car with California license plates had missed the curve and slid into a Puget Sound Energy electric power pole on the east side of the road. Only 54 customers waited till the afternoon to get their electricity back. – Photo by Ken Stern

Time stopped inside for almost 4,300 greater La Conner residents Monday at 8:23 a.m. They lost electrical power after a vehicle heading south on La Conner Whitney Road slid off the road, breaking an east side Puget Sound Energy pole just north of Flats Road.

Within 25 minutes power was restored for 2,700 of those customers. At 9:09 a.m. another 1,500 households gained electricity. At 2:55 p.m. the last 54 customers had power again.

Around 10 a.m., a repair crew was onsite assessing the damage. Restoration was complete 90 minutes ahead of the estimated 4:30 p.m.


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