Columbian Way closed due to fallen tree, wire in road

Columbian Way South (and part of South Alaska Street) is closed between Beacon Avenue South and Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, due to a tree that fell and took some power lines with it in the 2500 block at 1:27 am. It’s expected to be closed until at least 8:30 this morning.

(Edited to add: a later story at KIRO has an overhead picture of the fallen tree. Wow, that was a big one!)

Power was out for about 3,000 folks on Beacon Hill and elsewhere in Southeast Seattle, including the VA Hospital. Power has since been restored to all but about 300 City Light customers, and the current expectation is that the power will be fully restored by noon. Here at the BHB, we noticed two power flickers at the time of the outage, but power stayed on in our part of the Hill.

According to City Light, the area now affected is bordered on the north by South Hinds Street, on the south by South Ferdinand Street, between 4th Avenue South and Martin Luther King Jr. Way South.

(Thanks to West Seattle Blog for tweeting useful info and more!)

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This is the approximate location of the downed wires and tree on Columbian Way South.

One thought on “Columbian Way closed due to fallen tree, wire in road”

  1. the power outage actually extended across MLK and east of Rainier. My house is is several blocks east of MLK and there was a narrow band of houses that were without power. From my upstairs window I could see that Darigold and homes around it were also without power. Street lights were all out and such. My neighbors on the north side of my house had power but to the south they did not. Yet just across the street from them, those houses did have power. Obviously the power grid is all random.

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