Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Energy
A snow and wind storm knocked out power to 450,000 of Puget Sound Energy's 1.1 million electrical customers from Jan. 18 to 23, 2012. This storm inflicted severe damage to the utility's infrastructure by bringing down power lines and poles. When the snow and ice melted, it caused a landslide, which damaged three homes.
To restore power as quickly as possible, Puget Sound Energy called upon several companies from the Western United States and Canada. In this photo, a crew from Valley Power Lines Contracting out of Surrey, British Columbia, works together to transport a wood log on Jan. 22. The team was working on a project to restore lines in Renton, Washington.