Power has been restored to several Pasco schools, but workers have yet to restore power to hundreds of others in east Pasco.
Roughly 1,700 customers lost power at 7:30 a.m. when there was an infrastructure failure in one of Franklin PUD's underground vaults, a utility official said. Power to Ochoa Middle School, Virgie Robinson and Whittier elementary schools was restored by about 11:10 a.m.
Pasco schools are on early release for conferences today, but classes at the affected schools were in session despite buildings not having power for much of the shortened day, said a release from the district.
Ochoa students were dismissed at 10:40 a.m. while elementary students were released at 11:50 a.m.
According to the Franklin PUD website, the areas affected by the outage are from 5th Avenue to Court Street and surrounding areas to the east.
Anyone with questions or in need of assistance are asked to contact the District Office at 509-543-6700.