Category Archives: Outages

For planned/unplanned power outages, utility outages, and other urgent updates.

Polo Park Dr & Summer Bell Ln: Electrical Outages & Road Closure

Three failing underground storm water culverts are being replaced during the first part of September 2020. The failed culverts are located at the intersection of Polo Park Road and Summer Bell Lane. To safely replace the culverts, there will be a planned road closure and scheduled power outages to residents.

  • A road closure will impact Summer Bell Lane starting September 16, 2020.
    • Summer Bell Lane will be open for residents to walk to their homes.  Residents living on Summer Bell Lane will need to access the street from the west side of Polo Park Drive (Gate 13 side)

Electrical (PSE controlled) outages are needed to ensure that construction workers are safe while replacing culverts under buried under high voltage lines. Homes on Gray Birch Lane, Summer Bell Lane, and Cedar Place will experience power outages on Thursday September 17, 2020, between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM and again on Monday September 21, 2020, between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

Addresses impacted:
Cedar Place: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12
Gray Birch Ln: 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 18
Polo Park Dr: 94
Summer Bell Ln: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12

  • Date of outage: Thursday, September 17 & Monday, September 21
  • Estimated outage duration: Up to six (6) hours
  • To occur sometime between: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Updates will be posted should there be a change in the above information.

Rolling Blackout at Gate 2 Community Center Condos

When: 11/5/19 from 09:00 AM – Noon (nominal).

Where: Gate 2 – Condo Associations, SVCA Community Center & WCLS Library (adult center).

What: There are rolling blackouts at Gate 2  in the location of the Recreation Corridor and Library, also affecting the condos in that vicinity (Heatherbrook, Ranch House, Ridgefield). The outage is estimated for 2 to 3 hours, however these rolling blackouts could continue throughout the day.

The SVCA Community Center will be closed at 10 AM today with a possibility of opening backup when the power outage has passed.

This posting will be updated as conditions change.

Contact: Bruce Bishop at or 360-724-8000

Gate 2 Scheduled Power Outage – CANCELLED (except for Center Condos)

Puget Sound Energy has just notified SVCA that the power outage scheduled for areas of Gate 2 on Thursday, October 31st has been cancelled due to unforeseen problems. The only exception to this cancellation will be Center Condos, whose power will be out from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

The outage will be reschedule for a later date as soon as the problem has been resolved. PSE/Potelco will send out an updated outage schedule.

October 31st Gate 2 Power Outage Update

PSE’s contractor, POTELCO, Inc. has provided the following update for the scheduled October 31st, 2019 power outage in areas of Gate 2 in order to connected new power cable services.

  • Center Condos: Power will be off between 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM
  • Heather Brook Condos: Power will be off between 12:00 noon until 3:00 PM
  • Ranch House Condos: Power will be off for the westerly units between 12:00 noon until 3:00 PM
  • Ridgefield Condos: Power will be off between 12:00 noon until 3:00 PM
  • Orchid Court, All the homes: Power will be off between 12:00 noon until 3:00 PM
  • Marigold Drive addresses: 17, 19, 21, 23, 27, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43 and 45
  • Community Center: Power will be off between 12:00 noon until 3:00 PM
  • Library/Adult Center: Power will be off between 12:00 noon until 3:00 PM
  • Barn 6: Power will be off between 12:00 noon until 3:00 PM

POTELCO, Inc has provided the following contact information for questions concerning the scheduled power outage:
Name: Jared Gese
Phone: (253) 625-1112
**SVCA has also provided the above street map for reference.

Tune into BECoN Radio – 1610 AM

The BECoN radio (1610kHz AM) has been advertised recently. Here is some information for anyone who is not familiar with it:

The radio is owned by the Sudden Valley Amateur Radio Club and licensed to South Whatcom Fire Authority. It can be heard throughout Sudden Valley on an ordinary portable radio (AM band) and on car radios. It will be activated in times of distress such as storms, fire, landslide, or earthquake, for instance during the recent snowstorms information on closed roads and dangerous conditions was updated at least twice a day.

The equipment was bought by the club members and is maintained by them but it is old and would be very expensive to replace. Consequently, to avoid unnecessary wear, it will not be on the air unless needed.