South Bend, Washington – There are currently approximately 6,000 residents without power in Pacific County. Early Sunday morning strong west/northwest winds blew through the county knocking down trees, power poles, and power lines, leaving 11,000 residents without power. There was also damage to the Bonneville Power transmission facilities.
Power was restored to areas of Naselle, Chinook, Ilwaco and south Seaview at approximately 2:15 p.m. Sunday with restoration to portions of the City of Long Beach occurring at 3:40 p.m. Power may also be restored to some areas of Ocean Park by this evening.
Damage to power lines and poles along State Route 103 between north Long Beach and Ocean Park was substantial and repairs along this highway may take two to three days to complete. In particular extensive damage to the power lines and poles between 227th and 245th along Vernon Ave, may result in an extended repair time.
All repairs are contingent upon Bonneville Power repairs. Bonneville was able to restore one of two transmission lines today.
Residents can expect small individual power outages for up to two to three days as crews work on repairs and clean up. It is anticipated that 1,500 to 2,000 residents may be affected until repair work is complete.
Organizations opening a warming/feeding center are encouraged to notify the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA). Residents needing oxygen tanks filled can make arrangements by calling Pacific County Fire District 1 station in Ocean Park (360) 665-4451 or the Long Beach Fire Station (360) 244-9041.
While no hazardous weather events are currently forecast by the National Weather Service for the next seven days, residents are encouraged to be prepared for 72 hours. When driving at night, be particularly watchful for downed trees and power lines and debris on the road. Residents with life-threatening emergencies should continue to call 9-1-1.