Electrical power restored after tree takes down power lines in Port Angeles

A tree came down through power lines on Marine Drive on Thursday morning in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

PORT ANGELES — A tree falling down a steep slope pulled down power lines on West Marine Drive in Port Angeles on Thursday morning, cutting power to about 120 electrical customers and prompting a road closure while utilities were repaired.

West Marine Drive was closed between the West Boat Haven and the base of Hill Street until about 2 p.m. Thursday.

Thomas Hunter, director of city Public Works and Utilities, confirmed that Platypus Marine, Inc., at 518 Marine Drive, lost electrical power and added that he believed the McKinley Paper Co., mill at 1902 Marine Drive also had suffered an outage.

By the end of business, power had been restored and all roads were open.

Hunter had estimated it would take about four hours to restore power, but had added that it could take longer given the conditions.

“It’s very difficult terrain to work on with that hillside,” Hunter said.

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Utility workers make repairs to a power line on Tumwater Truck Route on Thursday.
Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
A Port Angeles Public Works & Utilities employee stands at the scene of a tree that toppled onto a power line on Marine Drive near west Boat Haven on Thursday.

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