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Archive for February 9th, 2016

Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, February 8, 1989

Shivering communities band together to battle fire and ice

Dennis Blake at the Cumberland Grocery Store said his community was without power for about 24 hours and water lines were frozen. “We’re having all kinds of fun up here,” Blake laughed. “We stayed good and warm in the store with a fireplace insert.” The store had just received a large shipment of bread and milk, and Blake wasn’t worried about running out of those staples.

Dennis Blake at the Cumberland Grocery Store said his community was without power for about 24 hours and water lines were frozen. “We’re having all kinds of fun up here,” Blake laughed. “We stayed good and warm in the store with a fireplace insert.” The store had just received a large shipment of bread and milk, and Blake wasn’t worried about running out of those staples.

Residents of Cumberland were among the hardest hit by last week’s storm. Fallen trees knocked out power lines and most of the small town was without power and water for more than a day, said assistant fire chief Neil Utterwegner.

Power went out about 6:30 Thursday night and wasn’t restored until midnight Friday, Utterwegner said. With no power, the city’s water tank couldn’t fill and went dry early Friday morning.

Utterwegner said the town, eight miles north of Enumclaw, was more prepared for a storm after learning some things from its experience in 1983.

“I think everything we’ve done reflects back to then.” he said. “We’re kind of getting to where we know what to do.” (more…)

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