Spent most of Friday and Saturday cutting out of the driveway and down the private road to get to the paved road out to Duvall. The neighbors lost several of their Huskies who ran away after a giant cotton wood crushed the corner of their kennel. Don’t ask me why those dogs were outside during the storm… But that’s another post for another day. It was a good excuse to meet some of the neighbors while taking breaks to sharpen the chainsaw chain.
This afternoon I got a small 1850 Watt generator jacked into the breaker panel so we now have lights and heat again. Unfortunately the well is offline until the big generator I have on order arrives. They estimate that they’ll have power restored in Duvall by this weekend. However, it’s my guess that it will be another week, maybe two, before they get the power back on out here… They’re going to need to replace twenty miles of phone polls and lines before they flip the switch…
For posterity, here’s a cut-n-paste from the Puget Sound Energy website:
Storm Recovery Update
As of 6 p.m. PST, Dec. 18, 2006*
scope and severity of damage to Puget Sound Energy’s electric system
from Friday’s windstorm is unprecedented. In many hard-hit areas, our
crews are having to re-build the system from the substation to
customers’ doors – after downed trees and debris are cleared away.
Crews now have successfully repaired the core backbone of the system –
our high-voltage transmission grid – and as of midmorning Monday,
they’d restored power to more than 525,000 of the 700,000 customers who
We’re continuing to repair other portions of our
transmission and distribution systems, with more than 400 crews,
representing over 2,000 workers, involved in the restoration effort.
Besides our local crews, PSE has enlisted nearly 170 additional crews
from across the western United States and Canada to help restore
customers’ power, and two dozen more crews are arriving later today
from Missouri. Because the storm’s damage is so widespread, however, we
believe it will take most of this week to restore power to everyone in
the hardest-hit areas.
Carnation, Duvall, Fall City, Snoqualmie and North Bend areas
work in the heavily damaged Snoqualmie Valley will continue late into
the week, perhaps Friday or Saturday. The North Bend, Snoqualmie and
Snoqualmie Valley areas were among those hardest hit within our service
area. Work is focused on restoring the high-voltage transmission grid
and the substations that feed electricity to local neighborhoods. We
hope to have our substations in these areas re-energized by midweek.
Once this work is complete, we can concentrate on repairing the local
distribution lines that serve customers.