When the clock strikes 11pm tonight, 130 businesses and a bit more than 200 residences in Seattle’s International District will lose power for 20 hours as crews from Seattle City Light install a new power feeder for the area.

Many businesses have decided to close for the day, and some have arranged for generators to either keep food from perishing, or stay open.

Uwajimaya Village Apartments which has 176 units, will have tap lights in the hallways, as well as bringing food to the wheelchair bound and hosting a day long carnival outside so residents have something to do with no TV.

Parts of 6 square blocks will be without electricity as Seattle City Light installs an alternative power feeder to give the area more reliable power and set it up for future growth, including plans for a streetcar line.

Power feeders are the link between substations and the smaller lateral lines that hook up to homes and businesses.

Those who are on life sustaining equipment have opted for other accommodations during the outage, and Seattle City Light will still go door to door to double check and make sure everyone is OK.



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