Power Restored To San Juan Islands

Posted January 13, 2021 at 9:40 pm by

Contributed Photo/OPALCO

By Hay­ley Day, San Juan Update

As of 7:40 p.m., Wednes­day, Jan. 13, OPALCO report­ed that pow­er was being restored to all 20 islands in phases.

“Be pre­pared for some poten­tial small out­ages as the sys­tem comes back up,” read the islands’ ener­gy co-op Face­book page. “Be sure to thank a lineman!” 

Ear­ly Wednes­day morn­ing, San Juan Island, Lopez, Orcas, Shaw, Decatur and Blake­ly Islands lost pow­er due to weath­er and “a main­land issue and sys­tem-wide,” report­ed OPALCO.

By 5 a.m., OPALCO report­ed that a “main­land source” need­ed to be repaired before pow­er could be restored. At noon, the OPALCO Face­book page stat­ed crews were still wait­ing for Puget Sound Ener­gy to repair OPAL­CO’s line, and that all lines on the islands had been repaired.

Ear­li­er that morn­ing, OPALCO staff report­ed that crews in Ana­cortes and on Lopez Island were work­ing to remove fall­en trees from the pow­er lines. 

About six hours lat­er, the ener­gy co-op’s Face­book page stat­ed there were reports of over half a mil­lion with­out pow­er in the region.

A half-hour lat­er, OPLACO report­ed that crews were repair­ing dam­age to insu­la­tors on Shaw. Crews also patrolled lines for fur­ther dam­age and helped remove a tree in the line on Decatur Island. 

As of 5:45 p.m., OPALCO report­ed that Puget Sound Ener­gy had more than 150,000 mem­bers out of power. 

For up-to-date infor­ma­tion, vis­it www.facebook.com/orcaspower.

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