Feb. 16: Large outage impacts customers in Soap Lake, Quincy and Ephrata Communities

Large outage impacts customers in Soap Lake, Quincy and Ephrata Communities

Portions of Ephrata still without power as crews work through the night and morning.

EPHRATA, Wash. – At approximately 7 p.m. Feb. 15 customers in Soap Lake, Ephrata and Quincy communities experienced a large power outage as the result of equipment failure in the Central Ephrata Substation.

Customers in Soap Lake and Quincy communities were quickly restored last night. The majority of customers in Ephrata were restored around 2:30 a.m. As of 6 a.m. Feb. 16, several hundred Ephrata customers in the Swanson Addition, Oasis Park and Railroad Ave areas were still without power as crews work to restore damaged spans of distribution line. The estimated time of service restoration is currently between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. today.

The cause of the substation equipment failure is unknown at this time. At the peak of the outage approximately 8,000 customers were without power. No injuries related to the substation equipment failure were reported. Crews worked throughout the night and will continue through the morning to get all customers restored as quickly and safely as possible.

“We appreciate the partnership and patience of local law enforcement, emergency management, public works departments and our customers. We recognize the inconvenience a power outage places on our communities and we are committed to restoring service as quickly and safely as possible,” said Public Affairs Manager Thomas Stredwick.

If customers are experiencing an outage, they can report it to Grant PUD by calling (800) 216-5226. Please do not dial 911 to report a power outage. For ongoing outage updates please follow Grant PUD on facebook. For power outage preparedness information visit our website at www.grantpud.org/customer-service/power-outages.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Grant PUD Public Affairs desk (509) 754-5035 / publicaffairs@gcpud.org

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