Support fund established for injured Priest Rapids workers

I’m going to level with you right now.

It’s about 3:30 p.m. local time, meaning I have about an hour left to finish this blog in time for deployment in our weekly newsletter, and since I’m being frank, there’s not much on my mind at the moment.

Adding to my conundrum is the fact that the pre-holiday season doldrums seem to have set in slightly earlier than normal, and minus issues caused by the dichotomy of severe flooding in some regions and severe drought in others, I can’t say there’s been much to have captured my fancy lately.

I’m guessing many have likely heard by now, however, that there was an explosion late last week at the Priest Rapids project in Washington that left six injured. Three of the workers have since been released, though the others are still being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

So while this is all news we’ve already reported, I did want to bring attention once more to the support fund that’s been established for the injured employees and their families.

The fund will be used for any costs not covered by Grant County Public Utilities District, which include lodging, transportation, meals and more.

Contributions should be earmarked “Priest Rapids Family Fund” and can be sent to:

Granco Credit Union
PO Box 127
Ephrata, Wash. 98823

Anyway. One of the things that’s always impressed me most about the hydro industry as an outsider looking in is just how close a community it is, so thought I would pass that information along in case anyone was interested in contributing.


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