Sunday's storm leaves its mark on the Tri-Cities

Tri-City HeraldSeptember 16, 2013 

Thousands lost power in the storm that ripped through the Mid-Columbia on Sunday night.

Most now have the lights back on, although some in Franklin County remain in the dark while crews work to replace fallen transmission poles.

The Franklin Public Utility District lost 22 of those large poles in the Smith Canyon area of northeast Pasco, and about 77 customers -- mostly irrigation loads, including one dairy -- still are without power as a result. "Currently we are working to get those back up," said Debbie Bone-Harris, PUD spokeswoman.

About 2,700 total Franklin PUD customers lost power, including the communities of Connell, Kahlotus and Ringold. The lights were back on in those areas by about 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Power also is restored in the Benton PUD, Benton Rural Electric Association and Richland Energy Services coverage areas; the PUD had about 1,000 customers without power, the REA had about four hundred and the city of Richland had about 2,000.

Benton County Emergency Services is asking Benton County residents who sustained property damage in the storm to send a description to damagereports@bces.wa.gov.

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