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Western Washington Storm Aid

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Washington, - Thousands of people are still without power in Western Washington after power lines are knocked down by strong winds.   Things are so bad that Benton PUD was asked to send two line crews over to Snohomish County to help.

"They arrived there and they've been working there ever since, trying to help restore power," says Garry Long with Benton PUD.

Electricity isn't the only thing people are needing in that area.  The Benton-Franklin Chapter of the American Red-Cross is standing by with food and other supplies.

"We do have volunteers that have been contacted to be on the ready, should we need them." Said Jeanne Jelke with the Benton Franklin Chapter.

They've also been told to keep emergency response units here in the Tri-Cities to aid in any potential problems due to the high winds in the lower Columbia Basin.  And in case of a major power outage, Benton PUD is doing the same.

"We do have crews that are still here.  We've got four line crews that are prepared and ready to go to work if that should happen," says Garry Long.