On Monday, February 8, Rain Shadow Consulting’s crew was engaged in ongoing power line clearance efforts on Shaw Island. Around 9am, a tree felled by one of our crew members came down on the power lines, causing a power outage on Shaw and Orcas Islands. OPALCO crews responded quickly to shut off power and begin removal of the tree. There were no injuries.

Rain Shadow has worked with OPALCO on line clearance since May of 2019, pruning and removing trees along many miles of power lines. Our most recent efforts included collaboration with both OPALCO and the Orcas Civilian Conservation Corps to protect the power line infrastructure from falling trees and limbs and to treat woody fuels on the ground to create fire buffers. We take our responsibilities seriously and our crew members are extensively trained in the safe operation of our equipment and complete yearly Electrical Hazard Awareness Training (EHAT) and certification.

Since this incident, we have been working closely with OPALCO to understand what went wrong. We are conducting a thorough review of training and operations with our entire staff and will continue to make any necessary changes to ensure that this type of incident does not occur again. We wish to extend our sincere apologies for the inconvenience the February 8th power outage caused.

Rain Shadow is proud to provide high-quality, professional tree service to our commercial and residential customers throughout the San Juan Islands, and we look forward to continuing to do so going forward.

Please direct any questions to Carson Sprenger, Rain Shadow’s Director, carson@rainshadowconsulting.com