Half of Centralia loses power, city workers respond quickly

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CENTRALIA - City workers in Centralia spent all day Thursday responding to calls of power outages.

A worker discovered two power lines weighed down by ice made contact, causing the outages, said city administrator Heather Russell.

Since then, the number of calls has decreased and Russell attributes that to a quick response by all city departments working together.

"Everyone has pitched in and helped and its been great and helped tremendously, " she said. 

City workers have also been working to pick up broken branches and trees around town. 

Resident Jeff Grimes said he woke up to no power and a fallen tree in his yard.

"I heard something overnight and I really didn't know what it was," he said. 

By early Thursday afternoon, the city still hadn't made it to his home to clear out the tree but he said he didn't mind the wait. 

"We called the city at about 7 o'clock and talked to them and they're going to get to us when they can get to us. I know they're backed up," he said. 

He said he felt the city has done a good job responding.

"They got right on it within in 30 minutes when the power when out and they were our working on it and we got ours back as quick as we could hope," Grimes said. 

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