Sunday, November 22, 2009
11,000 Without Power in Pacific County
South Bend, Washington – There are currently approximately 11,000 residents without power in Pacific County. Strong west/northwest winds blew through the county during the night knocking down trees, power poles, and power lines. There is damage to the Bonneville Power transmission facilities and BPA is sending crews to make the necessary repairs. It is possible that portions of Ilwaco, Chinook, and Long Beach will have power restored this evening. Power may also be restored to areas of Ocean Park by this evening as the transmission lines on Sandridge Road do not appear to be heavily damaged. Naselle power may also be restored this evening. There is extensive damage to power lines and poles along State Route 103 between north Long Beach and Ocean Park. Repairs along this highway could take two to three days to complete. This outage affects approximately 3,000 Pacific County residents. All repairs are contingent upon Bonneville Power repairs, which have a high degree of uncertainty. Residents can expect small individual power outages for up to two to three days as crews work on repairs and clean up. The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) has not been notified of any shelters or warming/feeding centers. Residents needing oxygen tanks filled can do so at the Pacific County Fire District 1 station in Ocean Park (360) 665-4451 or at the Long Beach Fire Station (360) 244-9041. Residents are encouraged to be prepared for 72 hours. When driving be watchful for downed trees and power lines and debris on the road. PCEMA is continuing to monitor the situation. Any organization or facility opening a warming/feeding center is requested to notify the Pacific County EOC at (360) 783-2911.