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PSE still working to restore power to a few in Whatcom County

Volunteer Sergey Uvarov, 16, unloads a donation of dairy products from U. S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene during a tour of the Ferndale Food Bank by DelBene, state Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden, and Ferndale Mayor Gary Jensen on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. The food bank lost about $1,000 worth of dairy products when the power went out in Saturday’s windstorm. The food bank is open for donations Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. For more information, call Executive Director Suzanne Nevan at 360-223-0788.
Volunteer Sergey Uvarov, 16, unloads a donation of dairy products from U. S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene during a tour of the Ferndale Food Bank by DelBene, state Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden, and Ferndale Mayor Gary Jensen on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. The food bank lost about $1,000 worth of dairy products when the power went out in Saturday’s windstorm. The food bank is open for donations Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. For more information, call Executive Director Suzanne Nevan at 360-223-0788. The Bellingham Herald

Puget Sound Energy crews continued to work Wednesday morning, Sept. 2, to restore power to roughly 120 customers still in the dark after a powerful weekend storm.

PSE crews worked through the night and had restored power to thousands of customers by midnight Tuesday, but some scattered outages remained Wednesday morning.

“There’s just so much widespread damage, it’s taking a little bit longer (than expected),” said PSE spokesman Akiko Oda.

Many of the outages remain in rural areas of the county, where no electricity means no water for those who use well water.

Robert Spence, 94, said he and his wife, 91, have been “living out of cans” while they wait for power to be restored at their home east of Ferndale. They have no power and no water, and his neighbors are in the same position.

“Everybody here is in the same shape,” Spence said.

The Ferndale Food Bank also lost power Saturday and it wasn’t restored for 30 hours. About 800 pounds of dairy had to be thrown out, costing over $1,000, said director Suzanne Nevan.

The food bank was able to distribute food Monday with limited dairy options.

PSE has set up information centers in two Bellingham locations Tuesday: The first is located at 1329 N. State St., open from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The second at 102 Stuart Road., in the parking lot of Woods Coffee.

Bellingham residents cleaning up tree limbs or branches can drop off storm debris at the Geri Field parking lot in the Civic Athletic Complex. The site at the corner of Fraser and Puget Streets will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Friday, Sept. 4.

Reach Wilson Criscione at 360-756-2803 or wilson.criscione@bellinghamherald.com.

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