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Wednesday outage causes traffic ‘nightmare’ in Lakewood

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
January 31, 2013 6:50 pm

A power outage Wednesday night across Pierce County caused traffic gridlock throughout Lakewood as the city’s traffic signals dimmed, according to police.

Officers came in early for their shifts to help direct traffic, which came to a standstill as traffic lights went out during rush hour, police Lt. Chris Lawler said.

There were several accidents in the city during the outage, but no serious injuries, he said.

“More than anything else it was a traffic nightmare,” Lawler said.

The outage was caused by a pole fire that cut power to the Lakewood, Steilacoom, University Place, South Tacoma and Joint Base Lewis-McChord areas, Tacoma Public Utilities reported about 5:30 p.m.  Wednesday.

About 12 hours later 400 Lakewood residents were still without power, with electricity restored to all but 30 of those homes by 9 a.m. The agency said about 11 a.m. that everyone had power.

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