Lewis County PUD Restores Power for 3,400 Customers in Randle and Packwood 


Crews with the Lewis County Public Utility District worked through the night Tuesday into Wednesday morning to restore electricity for an estimated 3,400 customers in the Randle and Packwood areas. 

“The outage occurred when an excavation contractor’s heavy equipment unintentionally contacted the transmission pole guy wires, snapping the pole and causing the guy wire to contact the energized lines,” the PUD wrote in an online update. “Fortunately, the contractor was not injured in this accident.”

According to the PUD, crews had to have a road built for access and worked to remove heavy vegetation in the area before work on the transmission pole could begin.

The outage began Tuesday afternoon. Power was restored at about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. 

“We would like to thank and acknowledge the crew's hard work and dedication, for working around the clock in difficult circumstances to safely repair the damage caused by a contractor accident involving PUD transmission lines,” the PUD wrote. “Thank you for all of your continued patience during this outage.”