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Christmas Outages

Posted on 26th December 2013 at 16:45

About 1,100 Cowlitz PUD customers lost power yesterday at some point, with brief outages reported in Longview and Woodland. The first outage was reported around 11:20 am yesterday, affecting 553 customers on both sides of Lake Sacajawea. Power was out for about 90 minutes, and was eventually traced to a bird that had contacted two live wires at the same time. Around 2 pm, 460 customers in the Pekin Road, Whalen Road and Woodland Bottoms area got knocked off-line, an outage that was eventually blamed on a car crash, with a vehicle hitting a PUD, snapping a guy wire. 252 of those customers were back on within a half-hour, and then power was fully restored shortly before 3 pm.