Few Washington neighborhoods have been hit harder by recent storms than Tiger Mountain, in Issaquah. Downed trees blocking the main road have caused major problems for power crews – almost all residents who don’t have generators remained without power on Sunday night.
“It looks like a war zone,” said resident Jane Sayles who lost power on Thursday. “A bomb has gone off.”
The biggest problem, Sayles said, has been the cold. No power also means no heat. Puget Sound Energy said that despite having restored power to more than 50,000 homes on Sunday, tens of thousands still remain without it.
On Tiger Mountain, crews worked to clear trees from power lines. An electric crew from Portland worked to rehang down wires.
"We`ll just start stringing the wire up, getting it out of the trees, out of the way,” said George Leyva of Portland General Electric. “We want to get as many people back on as we can,” he added.
One powerless resident, Meryl Pierce, has done the best he could to keep a single room in his home warm. Relying on his fireplace has done the job, but he worried Sunday about a bigger problem. Without electricity, he has been unable to charge his cell phone.
“We can’t communicate,” he said.
Crews were planning on working throughout the night to clear trees off the road and restore power in the area.