Upper Mill Creek Road work nears wrap-up

Last week's storm wrought havoc in the area, and a few customers remain without power.

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WALLA WALLA -- About 20 homes and residences in the Upper Mill Creek Road area remained without electricity this morning following an ice storm late last week.

Freezing rain falling throughout Thursday brought down numerous trees in the area as well as 22 power poles and the spans of wire between them.

Pacific Power spokesman Tom Gauntt said about 180 Pacific Power customers were reported without power Friday morning but that number was steadily reduced as crews were able to work their way up the road that day and during the weekend.

Walla Walla County Public Works Director Randy Glaeser said today that work crews spent most of the day Saturday clearing downed trees on the road. Glaeser described the roadway Friday as "a disaster area" due to downed trees.

"On Friday we tried to get in there, but there were wires all over the road and we had to wait until Pacific Power people made sure it was safe before we could continue," Glaeser said today.

Downed trees also caused some blockages on Biscuit Ridge Road and Scott Canyon Road, but not to the same extent, he said.

Most main roads in the county were clear of ice and snow today, although snow packed and icy conditions remained the rule on many secondary and lesser-traveled roadways.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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