Falling Tree Knocked Out Power for More Than 5,000 Centralia Residents Thursday


A power outage in Centralia occurred Thursday at approximately 1:15 p.m. after wind blew a tree into a transmission line between the North Port and Zimmerman Centralia City Light substations.

The falling tree ended up de-energizing two additional Centralia City Light substations aside from the North Port and Zimmerman, both Cooks Hill and Fords Prairie.

“This left a total of about 5,100 customers without power,” Centralia City Light General Manager M.L. Norton said in an email.

He added that Centralia City Light crews quickly located the line and were able to repair it and re-energize the line and substations by 3:01 p.m., resulting in just under two hours of outage time for customers.