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Subject:   Update: Power restored to majority of Seattle City Light customers
For Immediate Release:   
1/5/2009  7:27:00 AM
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Snow causes outages for thousands

SEATTLE - Seattle City Light crews worked through the night to repair damages from snow collecting on trees and tree branches causing them to break or sag into power lines and causing power outages for thousands of Seattle City Light customers throughout City Lights service territory.

The number of customers without power has been cut to about 1,000. City Light crews are working to restore power as quickly as possible.

The following outage is 95 percent restored:
Boundaries - 1/4/2009 9:58:00 PM
North - S 96th St
South - SW 175th St
West - 33rd Ave SW
East - 24th Ave S
Approximate customers affected: 184
Cause: TREE

Boundaries - 1/4/2009 7:51:00 PM
North - SW Myrtle St
South - SW Austin St
West - SW Webster St
East - 18th Ave SW
Approximate customers affected: 25
Cause: TREE
Unknown estimated restoration time.

The following outage is 90 percent restored:
Boundaries - 1/4/2009 10:36 PM
North - SW Findlay St
South - SW 112th St
West - 46th Ave SW
East - 17th Av SW
Approximate customers affected: 307
Cause: Snow

Boundaries - 1/4/2009 09:57 PM
North - NE 151 St
South - NE 145 St
West - 8 Ave NE
East - 10 Ave NE
Approximate customers affected: 82
Cause: Wires down

Boundaries - 1/5/2009 04:06 AM
North - NE 102nd St
South - NE 97th St
West - 15th Ave NE
East - 20th Ave NE
Approximate customers affected: 70
Cause: Tree

Boundaries - 1/4/2009 10:01 PM
North - E Harrison St
South - E Spring St
West - Lk Washington
East - 31st Ave
Approximate customers affected: 430
Cause: Wire down
Description: Describes an outage caused by wires which have come loose and are down. This can be the result of a car-pole accident, a failed insulator, an old piece of wire becoming brittle and breaking, etc.

Not all customers within these boundaries have lost power.

City Light reminds customers to stay safe:

* During an outage, never use barbecue grills or generators inside the house or in a garage. This grills and generators must be used outside, and away from open windows and vents to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

* Residents should always be ready with emergency supplies for at least three days for each person and pet. Items to include are a hand-crank or battery-operated flashlight and radio, fresh batteries, a survival blanket, manual can opener, a first aid kit, hand sanitizer, non-perishable food and water, at least one gallon of water per person per day. Do not use candles or items with an open flame that may be a fire hazard.

* Close doors, windows, curtains, and unused fireplace dampers to retain heat if there is an outage. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Discard refrigerated perishable foods after four hours without power.

* Know how to manually override electric garage doors, security doors and gates.

* Unplug electrical appliances if the power goes out so that when the power comes back on, there wont be a surge that could damage sensitive electronic equipment.

City Light phone numbers:
Customers experiencing outages should call our Outage Hotline at 206-684-7400 for recorded information about existing outages, and to report new outages that are not mentioned. During business hours, call 206-684-3000.

Call (206) 706-0051 to report any wires that are down.
If someone sees a downed wire, assume the wire is "live" and dangerous. Back away from the line, going the same way you got in. Do not get any closer to the wire.

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