Equipment failure to blame for Clinton power outage

Faulty equipment on a single power pole near Columbia Beach Drive in Clinton was the cause of Sunday's outage that left more than 1,300 Puget Sound Energy customers without electricity, a PSE spokeswoman said Tuesday.

"A piece of our equipment had simply seen the use of its life and failed," said Dorothy Bracken of PSE.

The outage occurred just after 1 p.m. Nov. 27 and left homes and businesses from Ken's Korner south to Clinton without electricity.

After repairs were made to the pole, located near Highway 525, the power went back on for roughly 1,000 customers at about 3 p.m.

Bracken said crews continued to conduct repairs from a fuse that had blown on Deer Lake Road to restore electricity to other customers on the circuit south of Highway 525.

"It was kind of a cascading effect," Bracken said.

Power was restored for another 315 customers just before 4 p.m. Sunday, and another 15 or so customers regained power just after 6:30 p.m.

A group of 27 customers remained without power until the final repairs were finished at 4 a.m. Monday.


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