How Snohomish County is handling storm, power outage aftermath

Swaney said 190,000 customers were without power at the height of Friday night’s storm, which is more than half of its 365,000 customers in the county.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Snohomish County continues to deal with the aftermath of Friday’s storm, as crews are still working to restore power to thousands of homes.

“Nobody got hurt, we just counted our blessings sometimes,” said Frank Volkert, a homeowner on the corner of Rucker and 23rd Avenue in Everett.

This is probably a lucky break for Volkert, who admits things could have been much worse.

“It could easily go up to hundreds of thousands of dollars if it were to drop a little differently because now fortunately it can work and it could do some harm,” Volkert said. “We’ve seen some pretty strong winds in the winter or fall that are sporadic but not like last night.”

He said damage was minimal to the neighbor where the tree fell, and insurance from his tenants and neighbors would take care of that. Meanwhile, crews are working around the clock across Snohomish County to deal with the rest of the storm’s aftermath.

“When we went into hurricane mode, it was all on deck,” said Aaron Swaney of the Snohomish County Public Utility District.

Swaney said 190,000 customers were without power at the height of Friday night’s storm, which is more than half of its 365,000 customers in the county. He said the county has more than 80 employees in the field, and other groups from across the state, are working to get power back online.

“Be patient with us, we have teams working but for some people it can take a few days until they have power back,” Swaney said. having power now might be the time to do it. “

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Edmund DeMarche

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