Thousands still without power in Whatcom County after ice storm
WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. -- A massive ice storm pounded parts of Whatcom County on Friday night and left thousands without power along with downed trees and power lines that blocked roads.
At last check, about 6,000 people are still without power in Whatcom County, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Department. Most of those people are in the rural areas between Sumas and Lynden.
Power was just restored Saturday afternoon in Sumas after nearly 1,500 were without power for almost 24 hours.
It's been three decades since Harvey Fox Junior has seen an ice storm this bad in Sumas.
"This morning, when we woke up, pretty scary. Everything was just slick and the power was out," Fox said.
No power meant no heat, and it was cold last night in Whatcom County.
"We were on our couch with our dog wrapped in blankets all night long because it was so cold," Fox said
Chief Jerry DeBruin of Whatcom County Fire District 14 said temperatures were down to between 26 to 28 degrees Friday night.
"As long as I've lived here, this is one of the most significant ice storms we've seen," DeBruin said.
DeBruin said they took in a couple of people at the fire district because it was too dangerous for the Red Cross to open up a shelter.
On Saturday, the big concerns in Sumas and the surrounding rural areas were the downed power lines and downed power poles.
"In a small area, we counted 50 down, 50 power poles," DeBruin.
DeBruin said the freezing rain and winter storm have wreaked havoc. The challenge now is to put all the poles back up.
"We are hoping the worst part has past," he said.