A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Tree causes power outage in Greenwood, including Fred Meyer and Safeway

June 15th, 2017 by Doree

Update: According to City Light’s outage map, power has been restored to all customers.

Earlier: Power is out to about 400 Seattle City Light customers in Greenwood, roughly between North/NW 85th Street up to 92nd Street, and between Phinney Avenue North and 3rd Avenue North.

Fred Meyer is one of the businesses affected. James was there at 5:30 p.m. and tells me workers were covering the food displays but the cash registers still worked.

According to City Light’s outage map, the outage was caused by a tree at about 4:45 p.m. Power is expected to be restored by 7:48 p.m.

Update 7:15 p.m.: A Fred Meyer employee just told me by phone the store has a backup generator that is powering the registers and about half the lights in the store. But there’s no power to the deli, dairy or frozen grocery areas.

Update 7:35 p.m.: A Safeway employee just told me by phone that the store is still open and cash registers are working, however, the store can’t sell hot or cold items.

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Seattle City Light restores power to more than 12,000 customers, including large portion of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood

January 16th, 2017 by Doree

Around 3 p.m., Seattle City Light reported more than 22,000 customers in North Seattle were without power, including large portions of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. Power has since been restored to 12,000 customers — including our neighborhood — but a large chunk of Ballard is still out, according to City Light’s outage map.

City Light Tweeted a few minutes ago that power was expected to be restored to all remaining customers by 5 p.m.

The cause of the outage is still under investigation.

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Safety alerts from SPD and City Light

November 17th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Police Department is alerting residents to be safe when it comes to door-to-door salespeople, who are required to have a visible photo ID and license provided by the City of Seattle.

Here’s what the seller’s photo ID should look like:


They also need to have a Residential Sales License:


When someone does knock on your door, SPD says you should always answer the door WITHOUT opening it. (This lets potential burglars know that someone is home.) You should get a good look at the person either through a peep hole or a side window. If they’re selling something, ask to see their license. If you want to find out if their license is valid, call the general number for the Regulatory Control and Consumer Protection Division at 206-684-8484 or inspector Ron Halas directly at 206-233-0050.

If someone is aggressive or something just feels wrong, always call 911.

And Seattle City Light is warning customers to be alert to scammers who may pose as City Light employees. City Light and SPD produced a video with tips on how to protect yourself.

When a customer is past due on a bill, Seattle City Light will take steps to notify the customer multiple times before shutting off power. Seattle City Light will always direct customers to the secure online payment system atwww.seattle.gov/light or to call (206) 684-3000 to make a payment. Seattle City Light employees will never ask for payment in person and will always be able to produce identification if informing a customer in-person of a past-due bill.

During winter, scammers may attempt to take advantage of the perfect storm of higher heating bills that come with lower temperatures. Scammers may demand thousands of dollars and threaten to shut off power if payment isn’t made immediately. Vulnerable residents, including non-English speaking individuals, elderly people, and small-business owners may be targeted by scammers. These threats can take place over the phone, by email or in person at customer homes and businesses. Some scammers use caller ID impersonating Seattle City Light’s customer service number to convince customers that they are talking to the utility.

If customers have concerns about the validity of a contact and want to ensure they’re talking to Seattle City Light, they are encouraged to call Seattle City Light directly at (206) 684-3000. Learn more about how to avoid becoming a victim at: www.seattle.gov/light/EndScams.

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National Weather Service warning of severe storm Thursday through Saturday

October 12th, 2016 by Doree

The National Weather Service says a huge storm is coming our way, left over from a typhoon in the Pacific. It’s expected to start raining tonight, with high winds and flooding rains starting tomorrow through Saturday. The NWS expects it to be “an impressively stormy period.”

So make sure you’re prepared for power outages, with extra batteries for flashlights, canned food, etc.

To report an outage to Puget Sound Energy, call 1-888-225-5773, and check out its Service Alert Map.

To report an outage to Seattle City Light, call 206-684-7400, and see its System Status Map.

Seattle Public Utilities is asking for help keeping storm drains clear of leaves and debris, to prevent street flooding.

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Seattle City Light replacing utility poles along 3rd Avenue NW

October 11th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle City Light this week is replacing aging utility poles along the east side of 3rd Avenue NW from NW 65th to NW 75th streets. They’ll also add new transformers where needed. Crews are expected to work from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday.

  • Maintenance power outages are required to do the work safely. Notification will be provided in advance of outages. The notification will specify the date, time and duration of the outage.
  • Crews will reduce traffic/parking impacts by working one area at a time. However, traffic will be restricted and “No Park” signs enforced in work zones.
  • The new poles will be placed alongside pre-existing poles. Pre-existing poles will be removed once the transfer of all utilities is done by other companies. Seattle City Light will monitor these efforts to facilitate the removal of old poles.
  • Due to traffic restrictions, pole delivery must occur between 4 – 6 a.m. Customers should expect some noise associated with off-loading the poles.

Check out the project’s webpage for updated information and a map of the work area.


UPDATED: POWER OUT IN PARTS OF PHINNEY-GREENWOOD — Power outages reported just north of Greenwood

March 13th, 2016 by Doree

Update Monday 11 a.m.: Nancy tells us this large piece of sheet metal landed on her patio yesterday at 5711 Phinney Ave. N. during the wind storm.


She doesn’t know where it came from. If it’s yours and you need it back, email her.

Update Monday 7 a.m.: Looks like power has been restored to most of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, except for an outage between North 88th and 90th streets and Fremont and Aurora avenues, affecting 52 customers. City Light says that outage was caused by a tree and power is expected to be restored by 7:23 p.m. today.

Update 4:25 p.m.: Power is now out through parts of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. Seattle City Light’s outage map shows 3,182 customers affected. Power is expected to be restored by 11 p.m.

Earlier: Today’s high winds have brought down some trees and knocked out power to a number of Seattle City Light customers. As of 3 p.m., City Light’s outage map shows no outages in Phinney Ridge or Greenwood proper, however, there are quite a few outages just north of Greenwood.

According to that map, the outages begin at North 105th Street/Holman Road NW, between about Greenwood Avenue North and Aurora Avenue North, extending up through Broadview and Bitter Lake. There are two main outages there. An outage affecting 4,408 customers is expected to be resolved by 5:52 p.m.; the second, affecting 5,536 customers, is expected to be fixed by 8:15 p.m.

There are quite a few outages on the east side of Aurora/Hwy. 99.

We saw this tree down behind the Greenwood Fred Meyer.


If you’ve got any pictures of other trees down, please email us.

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City Light replacing aging utility poles in Greenwood, Bitter Lake

February 22nd, 2016 by Doree

Seattle City Light has started replacing aging utility poles in parts of Greenwood and Bitter Lake. The entire project will take about a year to complete. Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Approximate work areas:

Maintenance power outages are required to do the work safely. Crews will place a door hanger or make personal contact 48-72 hours in advance of any outage. The notification will specify the date, time and duration of the outage.

The new poles will be placed alongside pre-existing poles. They will meet standard heights and widths required for overhead power line construction. This may mean that poles in your area will be slightly taller and approximately two inches wider than existing poles.

Once the electrical equipment is relocated, it will be a few months before the other companies with utilities on the poles make their transfer. We will monitor the situation to ensure the old poles are removed in a timely manner.

Customers with questions or concerns can contact William Chin, Senior Capital Projects Coordinator, at (206) 684-7977 or william.chin@seattle.gov.

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Seattle City Light warns customers to beware of con artists posing as utility bill collectors

January 4th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle City Light says a business owner was recently scammed by a con artist who called to claim an electricity bill wasn’t paid and threatened to cut off power immediately if the owner didn’t pay.

Con artists have been directing people to obtain pre-paid debit cards for these swindles because they lack the fraud protections that most credit cards or bank debit cards provide.

Scams like this have been tried for years. Seattle City Light uses its Light Reading newsletter, Power Lines Blog and social media accounts to educate customers about these scams so they can protect themselves. If you ever receive a call like this, do not give out any personal financial information. Instead, try to get as much information about the person who is calling that you can and then contact your local police.

Anyone who ever has a question about the status of their account can call City Light at (206) 684-3000.

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High winds causing power outages all over town

August 29th, 2015 by Doree

If you look at Seattle City Light’s outage map, you’ll see that much of Fremont and parts of Ballard are without power. However, so far Phinney Ridge and Greenwood appear to have few problems.

But because of continuing high winds, Woodland Park Zoo is closed for today.

Please let us know in Comments or email us at tips@phinneywood.com if you’ve lost power or had other problems because of the high winds.

To report an outage to City Light, call 206-684-3000 or 206-684-7400.

Washington State Department of Transportation is reporting many blocking incidents on freeways.

KING 5 is reporting High Wind Warnings in 11 counties, and reports that two people are dead after being hit by falling trees or branches.

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