Frost creates 3 day power and heat outage for Reardan woman



Posted on January 28, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 8:01 PM

REARDAN, Wash.--A combination of freezing temperatures and fog was keeping the frost on trees along part of Highway 2 in late January. The frost was getting heavy, weighing down branches and power lines and causing problems.

The frost outside left one Reardan homeowner in the cold inside.

The frost had built up in places like Reardan for two weeks. The fog kept the sun out and temperatures remained at freezing, not letting the frost melt.

"Just breaking 'em, everything's coming down. Breaking 'em,” said homeowner Lajuana Braswell.

Braswell said she lost power for three days because a frost covered branch took out the power line going to her home.

"Well I'm staying warm, somewhat, I mean I'm cold, I'm not sayin I'm not, but I am cold,” said Braswell.

She spent her days without heat either under the covers in her living room or in bed.

"Blankets. That's it. That’s all I got,” said Braswell.

There was no quick fix and the work that needed to be done was expensive.

"From your house to your poll, or wherever your meter is, that's your problem and right now it's ten thousand dollars my problem,” said Braswell.

It is a rare situation when the power line going to someone’s home is private. That means it is Braswell’s responsibility, not the power company’s.

Braswell needed her insurance to approve paying for an electrician to repair the problem.

Braswell was not sure Tuesday on how long it would take to get the power back and how much longer she could use her blanket for heat.