The video above is a short status report of Comcast repairs to storm damage by Communications Technician Rick McLachlin, filmed last night before the winds by Communications Technician Brian Farchette.
Last night’s storms didn’t do anyone any favors. Before the winds, we estimated that about 6,000 customers were without Comcast service while awaiting power or further repairs. This morning, we estimate about 12,000 are without service. This is mostly because of fresh damage to the power companies’ networks.
Last week’s snow and ice clearly weakened trees and branches. Last night’s fresh winds knocked many branches onto power and cable lines. Or entire trees fell over; both we and Puget Sound Energy sustained damage in Orting, where crews are working hard to restore service. There was other fresh damage in parts of Seattle, Mercer Island and in East and South King County.
We continue to shift people as needed in the worst-hit areas. For example, Seattle- and Everett-based employees are working today in Thurston County, tackling both the old and new damage. We also have employees from our Spokane operation and contractors from California helping us repair downed lines and other damage caused by the storms in the Auburn and South King County areas.
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