The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is notifying customers on and around the Geissler Road of a rescheduled, planned power outage which will impact approximately 56 customers.  The impacted area will be Geissler Road from 141 Geissler to the end of the road and all customers on Wedekind Lane.  The outage, which will allow contractors to use a crane to install pilings for a bridge/culvert replacement project, will begin at 9:00 AM on Monday, July 25th and will continue until 4:00 PM.  During the outage, PUD crews will take advantage of the de-energized lines to complete pole relocation work in the area.   All impacted customers will receive notification phone calls from the PUD.

In preparation for this outage, customers are advised to take precautions with any electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items.  You should leave them disconnected until after the power has been fully restored. 

Since the outage time of seven hours is an estimate and power may be restored earlier, it is not safe to do electrical work or repairs during that period.

A surge in theft of Grays Harbor PUD wire and materials has utility leaders issuing a frank warning – eventually, someone is going to be hurt or killed.

“The voltage these thieves are risking coming into contact with is more than enough to do serious harm,” says PUD Safety and Environmental Director Ben Bouch.  “If this continues, someone is going to get themselves killed or seriously injured.”

Theft of utility wire and equipment to sell for scrap is nothing new, but the sheer number of cases over the last two months is far higher than what would be considered normal.  In Aberdeen and Hoquiam, more than two dozen poles have had the protective covers cut away and the grounding wires cut out.  At the Cherry Street warehouse yard, a thief was apprehended after breaking in and making off with copper wire.  On the Port Industrial Road, a thief broke into a building and damaged the utility power meter in an attempt to get to the wiring beneath the meter’s base plate.  Most recently, thieves cut through the fence of a PUD substation and vandalized the site, including throwing a chain over one of the station wires, which caused a 7500 amp surge.

“All of these cases impact the service the PUD provides to our customers and costs the utility time and money to make repairs and replace stolen equipment,” said PUD Operations Director Jake Carter.  “But more importantly, the energy that these individuals are getting close to will kill or injure them.  It’s not a question of if, but when, that happens.”  

If you notice damage to a home or business energy system, Carter and Bouch say to stay well away from the area and contact the PUD for a serviceman to come and inspect the damage.  If you witness the theft or vandalism of utility material or facilities, you are asked to immediately call 9-1-1 to report the incident. 

The Grays Harbor Public Utility District has released the following statement on the draft report supporting dam removal, released by Senator Patty Murray and Governor Jay Inslee:

“The Grays Harbor PUD continues to support hydroelectricity as a clean, affordable and reliable resource, critical to the services we provide to our customers.  Until a new source of energy is found that can match that cleanliness, reliability and affordability, the PUD believes that removing hydroelectric generation on the Snake and Columbia Rivers threatens the PUD’s mission to serve our community.”

The Grays Harbor Public Utility District has released the following statement on concerns with disruptions to supply chains and shortages in materials as they relate to utility projects:

“Grays Harbor PUD has been experiencing challenges with supply chain and material shortages.  Strong demand, labor shortages, transportation bottlenecks and raw material constraints are causing concern about being able to meet construction timelines for electrical and fiber optic projects.  As we address these concerns, your PUD is working to maintain supply levels in an effort to best meet customer needs and maintain strong positions on emergency and storm response inventories. 

The Grays Harbor Public Utility District is notifying customers on and around the Elma Gate Road of a planned power outage which will impact nearly 50 customers.  The outage, which will allow crews to place utility equipment, will begin at 9:30 AM on Thursday, April 21st and is expected to last until 1:30 PM.  The impacted areas will be homes from 294 Elma Gate Road to its intersection with State Route 12 near Porter, homes on State Route 12 from the Elma Gate Road intersection to 5800 State Route 12, all homes on the Gibson Creek Road, and all homes on the Shelton Road.  All impacted customers will receive notification phone calls from the PUD.

In preparation for this outage, customers are advised to take precautions with any electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, and microwaves by unplugging those items.  You should leave them disconnected until after the power has been fully restored. 

The outage duration of four hours is only an estimate and power could be restored at any time as work is completed.  Therefore, it is not safe to do electrical work or repairs during that period.