Brief power outage impacts most of Jefferson County

Official: Work on substation to blame

PORT TOWNSEND — Work on a Jefferson County Public Utility District substation caused a brief power outage Monday that affected most of the PUD’s service area.

“A temporary glitch occurred during work expanding the Irondale Substation,” said PUD spokesperson Will O’Donnell.

“We’ve been working to double the size of the substation to increase the reliability to the grid. We are basically doubling it so that Irondale can be a backup to other substations.

“The contracting crew that was doing the work out there caused a pretty big outage across the county, but they were able to fix it really quickly.”

The outage happened at 11:37 a.m. and at one point impacted 90 percent of the PUD’s customers, according to its online outage map.

Power was restored to all customers by about noon.

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