Mason PUD 3 staff worked throughout the night, and into the morning to restore electricity to customers affected by several outages throughout Mason County, including Shelton, Lake Isabella, Victor, and the Mason Lake area.
TWIN STORMS PUMMEL MASON COUNTY
Twin storms pummeled Mason County with soaking rain and high winds Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
The area east of Mason Lake was the first to lose power when a tree came down on the power lines. PUD 3 linemen were quick to make repairs, just in time to respond to the next outage.
A large fir tree north of the Victor Fire Hall knocked out service to customers on Highway 302 in North Mason County. Power was restored to customers in the Victor area just after 7:15 AM.
MASON SUBSTATION IN SHELTON
At about 2:25 AM, much of Shelton, including Downtown Shelton, Hillcrest, Angleside, Lake Isabella, and parts of Cloquallam Rd. were knocked out of power.
PUD 3 crews quickly identified the problem. A large fir tree had fallen into the 115,000 volt transmission lines that carry electricity from the Mt. View Substation to the Mason Substation in downtown Shelton. Linemen de-energized the circuits to make it safe to remove the tree. PUD’s tree crew arrived on the scene and got to work. Once the tree was cleared, restoring electricity came fairly quickly. Power was restored to all customers, including local area schools at 6:00 AM.
A CLEVER FIX ON MASON LAKE DRIVE WEST
Another large tree damaged power lines on Mason Lake Drive West in the early morning hours on Thursday, knocking out power to about 1,000 customers on the west side of Mason Lake. PUD 3 linemen were able to use an electrical device called a “gang switch” to restore power to about 950 of those customers while they safely made repairs to the damaged power lines. There are over 225 similar switches throughout PUD 3’s distribution system, which helps us uphold our commitment to always provide safe, reliable electric service here in Mason County. Learn more about several new gang switches we recently installed in this short video.
PUD 3 crews have been dispatched to several other scattered outages around the county to continue restoration work.
PUD 3 recommends unplugging sensitive appliances and electronic equipment until power has been restored for approximately 20 minutes. In addition, especially with electronics, it is important to consider using surge protection.
Customers may report outages any time on the outage hotline at 360-432-1533, 360-275-2833 (Belfair), or 360-861-4247 (Elma).