Disaster Response and Mutual Aid

Benton PUD assists Snohomish, IOU with power restoration efforts

Washington State’s Benton PUD on Jan. 19 reported that it helped investor-owned Avista Utilities with power restoration efforts in the wake of a significant windstorm last week. Benton PUD also helped Snohomish County PUD with restoration efforts.

Benton PUD noted that it assisted Washington State's Snohomish County PUD in replacing wires and broken poles after severe storm damage last week. “Our crews wrapped up their work last weekend and are now helping Avista Utilities,” Benton PUD said in a Facebook post.

Avista on Jan. 20 reported that crews and support staff transitioned back into “business as usual” on Wednesday as all customers impacted by last week’s windstorm had been restored.

“Over seven days, Avista crews throughout the region, along with contract and mutual aid crews, worked around-the-clock to restore power to over 70,000 customers who lost electricity at the peak of the storm,” it said.

The historic Jan. 13 windstorm “devastated the region causing trees and tree limbs to come into contact with Avista power poles and power lines.” Avista said it engaged support staff and contract crews to assist in restoration efforts. Mutual aid crews were also called upon and provided much-needed support, Avista said.

Meanwhile, Benton PUD last week also provided crews to assist Snohomish County PUD with power restoration efforts.

Along with Benton PUD, line crews from Grant PUD, Grays Harbor PUD and Okanogan PUD also helped Snohomish County PUD with restoration work.