Power outage affects 572 customers, including hospital, in Bellingham


A power outage in the Cornwall Park and Parkview neighborhoods forced St. Joseph hospital to use its backup generators for about 40 minutes Thursday morning, Sept. 22.

The power went out at 8:57 a.m., said Akiko Oda, a Puget Sound Energy spokeswoman, adding that the outage originally affected 572 customers.

Emergency generators restored power within three seconds at the hospital and all other areas of the campus where there was patient care, according to Bev Mayhew, a PeaceHealth spokeswoman.

Surgeries already underway at the hospital continued without a problem, she added.

“It’s just something that hospitals have to be prepared to deal with and we are,” Mayhew said.

The outage had little impact on Parkview Elementary School, said Cindy Batdorf, a secretary at the school. There, lights flickered and computers needed rebooting, but there was no blackout, she said.

PSE isolated the problem and switched the circuits at 9:37 a.m., Oda said, and was able to restore power to nearly everyone, including the hospital. PSE was investigating the cause of the outage.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

Kie Relyea: 360-715-2234, @kierelyea