Schools and Businesses try to manage without power
Toppenish, WA - Some people decided to pull the plug on their work day. Others tried to push through despite the inconvenience.
Businesses, schools and even tourists were all impacted in some way by the power outage that shut off electricity to 6,000 Pacific Power customers in Toppenish and Zillah.
Two state troopers replaced traffic lights at a busy intersection Highway 97 crosses with Fort Rd.
There were no students or teachers to be found at Heritage University.
"Really, we have plans in the works for this kind of thing that when this happens, there's a process for a making a decision," says Bonnie Hughes, the university's communications officer.
Heritage University canceled classes during the day and night, but the Toppenish School District decided to stay open.
Teachers used walkie-talkies and flashlights to police the halls at Garfield Elementary.
Students ate boxed lunches in their classrooms.
"You know we wish the power was back on now, but to dismiss the kids, they have no one to go home to," says Supt. Steve Myers.
Downtown Toppenish looked like a ghost town. Several tourists came all the way from Oregon City to check out the murals, but shopping, or eating wasn't going to happen.
"Well, actually we just parked, but everything we've seen so far has been closed," says Bob Jordan.