A team of British Columbia power line contractors were working in the Cedar River valley today attempting to restore power from this past weeks' storm. Workers from Valley Power Line Contractors of Abbotsford BC were working long SE Jones Road and 156 Pl SE.
A fallen tree was just one of several along SE Jones Road crews were working on. Puget Sound Energy advised today, they hope to have the majority of power back online before the weekend was over.
The workers from Valley Power started Friday at 11 a.m. and will not stop until 2 a.m. on Sunday. The crew is using the back of a pick-up truck filled with snow to keep their food cold. A crew member who didn't want to give his name said "its the only way we can stay out here and get the power back on for these people."
Homeowners in Renton, Fairwood and East Renton Plateau/Cedar River Valley continue to be without power as of Sunday morning. Puget Sound Energy estimates those living in the Fairwood area to have power completely restored by noon on Monday, January 23.
Those within the city limits of Renton should have power back on late Sunday evening, January 21.
Those living in East Renton/Cedar River Valley says power will be restored by late Tuesday evening, January 24.
Puget Sound Energy says in preparation for power restoration, we ask that customers who have overhead distribution lines serving their homes make sure there is no damage to the weatherhead – the roof-mounted pole-like structure where the electrical service enters their home – that belongs to them. If customers do discover damage to their weatherhead, PSE cannot legally restore power until the damage has been repaired by a licensed electrician. Once those repairs have been completed and if the neighborhood has power, the customer should call 1-888-225-5773 and we will dispatch a service crew to make permanent connections and restore power once those repairs have been completed.
Another issue crews are having, if the power comes back on and your home does not have power. It could be the weathermast connected to your home that could be damaged. If so, PSE requires a private electrical company. Be sure to check with the Best Business Bureau and the company is licensed and bonded should any damage be done to your home.