Another power outage hits – this time in Burien’s Seahurst neighborhood
Seattle City Light is reporting that an “equipment failure” has caused a power outage near Seahurst Park in Burien Thursday afternoon (Feb. 20), affecting some 148 homes.
Seattle City Light says that the estimated time of repair is 12:13 a.m. Saturday morning, Feb. 22.
UPDATE Feb. 21 7 p.m.: We just received this explanation from Scott Thomsen at City Light:
We believe the outage in Seaview was caused by a failed underground cable. This powerline is directly buried cable, meaning there is no conduit that houses it. That means crews have to dig up the cable until the find the spot where the failure took place so they can fix it. Unfortunately, in this area we do not have another circuit we can switch to in order to restore service while repairs are made.
Crews have been on-site, working non-stop since 7 pm yesterday trying to locate the failure spot. They may have to cut through pavement in some instances to get to the cable just to check it. They have not yet found the trouble spot, which is why we don’t have a good estimate for restoration.
We recognize the inconvenience this has caused for our customers. Our crews are working hard to find the trouble spot. Once they do, the repair should be fairly quick.
Resident Margaret Fehrenbach is upset about it – this is what she emailed us this morning:
Today’s power outage by Seahurst Park from 12 midnight to supposedly 8 am seems to be a “planned” unplanned power outage as they fix the sea wall. Can you look into why 8 hours for 148 customers with no weather, etc. Our new groceries were impacted, etc There is a truck just sitting at the closed entrance to the Park but the trucks are coming and going with no problems. Will there be more of these for us near the Park without due notice?
Now it is 11 am and the trucks keep going out now
All food has to thrown out and for what?
No work at home this morning either
Seattle City light says it is a broken cable.
Did the workers break it down at the Park and who will pay for over hundred persons’ thrown out food? Ps Seattle City light said up 36 hours in refrigerator for food-FEMA says only 4 hours for most food!