Snow-heavy trees close Whatcom roads

by: Lee Stoll Updated:


BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Heavy snow paralyzed most of Whatcom County, closing schools and roads, and knocking out power.

 More than 13 inches fell in Sudden Valley.  A massive tree brought down a power pole and pulled lines all the way down to the pavement on Lake Whatcom Boulevard.  Dan Watson was just a half a mile from home,

 "I won't be going that way now.  So, it's gonna be a long trip around about," said Watson. 

Crews cut through hundreds of more trees that fell on the road overnight.  Mike Jacobs was already on his fourth call, and nearly out of breath by 11 a.m. 

“It’s been Friday, Saturday, yesterday, today. I'm out of breath, sorry,"  Jacobs said. 

For many, the challenge was just getting out of the driveway.  Chris Gamble chained up his minivan to take his teenage daughters down the hill where they abandoned their cars last night,

 "If that wasn't the case, we'd be staying home for sure,"  said Gamble.

 Trees also fell on homes.  Whatcom county schools closed for the day.  By Monday afternoon, more than 6,000 people were without power. 

Colleen Prinster’s family lost heat and electricity at 6 a.m.

 "It's best to just stick it out and stay home,"  Prinster said.