BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan 07, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Road closures due to mudslides, flooding and the threat of avalanches were preventing Puget Sound Energy crews from responding Wednesday to power outages east of Concrete, near Marblemount in the North Cascades, in Lynden and on Crystal Mountain.
PSE is working closely with emergency officials and highway crews to coordinate when utility repair crews can gain safe access to the power-outage sites.
Meanwhile, the utility encourages its electric and natural gas customers with flood damage to follow certain safety tips in case the utility equipment or appliances in their homes become submerged in water.
"Safety is our primary concern, particularly for customers whose homes or businesses have suffered flooding where electrical outlets, natural gas meters and other equipment may be submerged," said Sue McLain, senior vice president of Operations for PSE.
PSE encourages customers to notify the utility if flooding causes water levels to cover their natural gas meter. The utility needs to check the meter and regulator before any natural gas appliance inside the home or business is used.
The utility also reminds customers to stay out of flooded basements because energized wiring or electrical outlets below the water line may pose a hazard.
PSE recommends these safety tips for flood victims.
If a natural gas furnace has shut down because of flooding, follow these steps:
If duct work in a crawl space is full of water:
Customers smelling the odor of natural gas or with natural gas equipment that has been under water should call PSE at 1.888.225.5773 to schedule a service appointment. For additional flood safety tips, visit PSE.com.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also provides safety information about water damage to electrical and natural gas appliances at http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/FEMA/flood.html.
Washington state's oldest and largest energy utility, with a 6,000-square-mile service area stretching across 11 counties, Puget Sound Energy serves more than 1 million electric customers and nearly 750,000 natural gas customers, primarily in Western Washington. PSE, a subsidiary of Puget Energy (NYSE:PSD), meets the energy needs of its growing customer base through incremental, cost-effective energy conservation, low-cost procurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in the energy-delivery infrastructure. PSE employees are dedicated to providing great customer service to deliver energy that is safe, reliable, reasonably priced, and environmentally responsible. For more information, visit www.PSE.com.
SOURCE: Puget Sound Energy
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