Port Orchard: Power line drops on Bay Street

Traffic was detoured off Bay Street Thursday morning after a power wire came down in front of Port Orchard City Hall, Puget Sound Energy reported.

An agency spokeswoman said that a “wire was down at 555 Bay Street” and as of 11 a.m. crews were working to restore it. Full restoration was estimated to be completed at 1:30 p.m.

Public Works Director Mark Dorsey said the wire was not a power line but in fact a tension line, which he said holds the poles together.

Doresy said strong winds this morning likely knocked the line down, and that fortunately a Public Works employee saw it fall.

“She saw and heard it pop just outside her window,” Dorsey said, explaining that Public Works supervisor Jay Cookson was still at City Hall at the time and headed down to investigate.

“Our lights (at City Hall) flickered, so we knew something was shorting or grounding,” Dorsey said, adding that the Port Orchard Police Department began blocking the area off after the line fell and detoured traffic up Kitsap Street and Sidney Avenue.

Dorsey said power was knocked out completely to City Hall earlier Thursday morning.

“All the power was out downtown, but that was a regional outage,” he said.

Puget Sound Energy confirmed that a fallen tree limb caused an outage in the Port Orchard area at 6:30 a.m., and that power was restored at 8:08 a.m.

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