Two Morning Power Outages In The Region

Power has been restored to areas impacted by two separate outages in the Gorge Thursday morning.  About three-thousand Klickitat PUD customers in Bingen, White Salmon, and Snowden lost power for less than an hour in an outage that began at around 7:45 a.m. Thursday.  The PUD says it was weather-related, with extremely cold temperatures leading to an issue at a breaker in the Bingen substation.  If anyone in Bingen, White Salmon, or Snowden remain without power, call Klickitat PUD at 800-548-8357.  Meanwhile, Northern Wasco County PUD crews dealt with an outage Thursday morning in the area of Pinewood Mobile Manor along Highway 30 west through Rowena.  The outage occurred around 8 a.m., with power fully restored at around 10:30 a.m.  Northern Wasco PUD’s Cyndi Gentry says approximately 127 customers lost power when increased load, likely due to the cold weather, caused a line failure.  Additional customers lost power when the line had to be de-energized so that the linemen could safely complete the repairs.  When power was initially restored, the cold load pickup caused a fuse to open on the line, which also had to be repaired.  The total customer impact was around 304.

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