City Light to Upgrade Electrical Cable in Lake Forest Park

Starting in early September 2016, Seattle City Light will be upgrading the aging electrical cable in parts of Lake Forest Park to help improve the electrical reliability in the area. City Light’s contractor, Novinium, will test and where possible, inject underground cables with silicone to fill cracks in the cable insulation to prevent outages. If cables are not suited for injection, they will be replaced at a later time.

Map of the construction work areas (from NW 195th St to NE 205th St)

Map of the construction work areas (from NE 185th St to NE 195th St)

The contractor, Novinium will be working for a total of 13 days in the month of September. Daily work hours are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Evening and weekend work is not planned.

One maintenance outage is anticipated for this work. All affected customers will be notified on the Thursday before the following week’s outage. The outage date and time will be specified on the notification.

Traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate area during work hours. Flaggers will be used where needed on residential streets and crews will be careful to maintain access to driveways.

For more information, please contact John Likes, Electrical Service Representative at (206) 615-0608 or john.likes@seattle.gov.

Visit the City Light construction website for the latest updates on this project: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=367.

Large Windstorm Rolls Through Seattle

Winds and rain are kicking up this afternoon in Seattle and other outlying neighborhoods. Many customers could experience power outages from the windstorm.

If you experience an outage, call (206) 684-3000 to report it and visit the Seattle City Light outage map to follow updates on restoration work. City Light’s outage map is mobile friendly.

Seattle City Light wants you to be prepared. Below are some tips to stay safe and warm during an outage.

  • Try to retain as much heat as possible. Close windows, curtains, unused fireplace dampers, and dress in layers to conserve body heat.
  • Use hot water sparingly. Most hot water tanks will retain heat for up to 24 hours.
  • Keep your fridge and freezer closed as much as possible. A full refrigerator will maintain safe temperatures for up to 6 hours; a full freezer up to 2 days.
  • Use generators with care during a power outage. Never plug them in to your home circuitry. Instead, plug in appliances directly into the outlets on the generator. Most importantly, never use a portable generator indoors.
  • Downed power lines are extremely dangerous. If you come across any downed lines, stay at least 30 feet away and do not approach or touch anything in contact with the wire as it could be live.
  • If you experience a prolonged outage, be sure to turn off electrical appliances to prevent fires and equipment damage.

 

For further updates, follow City Light’s posts on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

Windstorm knocks out power to thousands

More than 51,000 customers are without power after the arrival of the first big windstorm of the season.

The first outages began before 6 p.m. and picked up the pace after 8 p.m., with large outages in Shoreline, Wedgewood, and South Seattle.

As of 10:30 p.m. the number of new outages had started to slow. We expect the worst of the storm has passed. Crews and engineers are sorting through the thousands of calls, but workers may not start on repairs until the winds die down.

Crews are on the field right now, with more on the way, to assess the damage. Restoration work will likely begin after midnight and continue through the night and into Sunday.

For outage details, please check our outage map at seattle.gov/light/sysstat.

If you see downed lines near you, please do not approach. Stay at least 30 feet away and call 911.

To report an outage, call 684-3000.