City of Burien Says to Expect Power Outages Wed. Dec. 5 and Fri. Dec. 7

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The City of Burien announced Friday (Nov. 30) that Seattle City Light is planning power outages to “energize” its new underground feeder system between S. 140th and S. 146th Street along 1st Avenue South, starting Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The first outage, scheduled for Wednesday, will last approximately four hours. This will affect those in the service areas between SW 140th and SW 143rd Streets and between approximately SR-509 and 4th Ave SW.

The second outage is scheduled for Friday (Thursday night), Dec. 7, and will last six to eight hours. This will affect those in the services areas between SW 143rd to SW 152nd Streets and between approximately SR-509 and 4th Ave SW.

“Seattle City Light has been contacting residents and businesses of these outages,” reads the announcement. “If you have not been contacted by SCL, please follow the ‘Additional info’ link below to contact the SCL representative. If you have special needs like life supporting equipment, please contact SCL immediately at 206.684.3020.”

Here’s a statement City Light released:

To help you prepare for this outage, here are some things you should know:

  • Customers relying on an electric life-support system should have back-up power and know how to operate it.
  • Food should be safe in most cases if refrigerators and freezers remain shut while the power is out. When in doubt, please throw it out. Businesses should also leave doors closed in refrigerated areas it will help to maintain temperatures longer.
  • Know which entrance and exit door to use in a secured building.
  • Know how to use your electric garage door’s manual override. Have an emergency key release if your garage door is the only access to your home.
  • Sometimes alarm systems are triggered when the power goes out or is restored; you may want to make any necessary arrangements with your carrier.
  • Any electric timing devices will need to be reset; sensitive electronic equipment should have surge protection and turned off to provide maximum protection.
  • If you plan to use a portable generator, please be extremely careful. Never plug your generator into an electrical outlet; plug your appliance directly into the generator. The electricity generated within your business can feed back into the outside power lines, including down lines or lines crews are working on — endangering anyone near it. The generator can also explode, creating a fire hazard.
  • Make sure computers are turned off in advance of the outage.

Seattle City Light prides itself on providing excellent customer service and we understand that power outages are an inconvenience, but please be assured that our crews will work as quickly as possible to restore your power. For your information, we have advised the police, fire and health departments of this outage. If you have questions relating to this project, please call Richard Ohashi, our commercial electric service representative at (206) 386-1674.

If you would like updates about future projects that affect your area, please provide us with your email and cell phone contact information. Go to: and let us know how to contact you.

“We appreciate your patience.”

For additional information regarding outages, please click here:

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