More than 65000 lost power this week

first_imgMore than 65,440 Clark Public Utilities customers lost power this week as high winds battered Southwest Washington. Arctic winds pounded Clark County on Tuesday and Wednesday with gusts exceeding 50 mph, knocking down trees and leaving thousands without electricity for days. The gusts leveled massive trunks and limbs, damaging houses and cars, blocking roadways and tugging down power lines. In all, Clark County had more than 300 outages from Tuesday morning onward, said Erica Erland, a spokeswoman for Clark Public Utilities. Several dozen of those outages carried on into the weekend near the Vancouver mall. “A lot of folks were out of power for longer than usual,” Erland said. “It’s rare for people to have an extended outage, but we had people who were out of power for a couple days even.”The tally includes 139 small outages, affecting fewer than 10 customers each. Yacolt, Amboy and other parts of north county were hit the hardest, with several trees falling on single power lines in a number of areas, she said.“Some of the issues we’re seeing are just time-consuming repairs,” Erland said. “You want to take care of that person who’s got a tree in their lawn that’s been waiting for a couple days.”last_img read more