PSE reports 3,300 Bellingham customers lose power. Here’s when the lights should return

What to do when the power goes out

Tips to be prepared and remain safe when the electricity goes out.
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Tips to be prepared and remain safe when the electricity goes out.

A power outage that at one time affected 3,300 customers in downtown Bellingham and part of the Lakeway corridor Saturday evening was restored by 10 p.m., according to the Puget Sound Energy outage map.

The outage was first reported at 4:39 p.m. and the Bellingham Police Department warned drivers to treat traffic lights that are out as four-way stops.

At 5:35 p.m. the problem had been diagnosed as equipment failure.

The outage included some customers in the Roosevelt, Puget, York and Sehome neighborhoods as well as part of Western Washington University and downtown.

The Bellingham Police tweeted at 5:30 p.m. about the outage, reminding drivers to use caution at intersections where traffic signals were out.

According to the Pulse Point app, the Bellingham Fire Department responded to two rescue calls at 4:39 and 4:40 p.m. in downtown — on in the 900 block of North Forrest Street and one in the 1000 block of North State Street.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.