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Utility companies make quick progress restoring power outages

EWEB and other western Oregon utilities responded to a slew of power outages Friday after a wind storm toppled trees and downed branches. Photo courtesy EWEB

EUGENE, Ore. – Eugene Water & Electric Board and Emerald People’s Utility District said the majority of their outages were restored as of Saturday morning.

At 8:30 a.m., EWEB said fewer than 300 customers remained without power. Their crews were continuing restoration efforts after the Friday windstorm took out power for thousands of customers.

Most of the customers still without power are east of Thurston, EWEB said.

At the height of the outage, EWEB said about 6,200 customers were without power.

EWEB will focus on areas with the greatest number of customers affected first.

EPUD said they have about 300 customers without power as of 10:44 a.m. Saturday.

They said the storm caused about 6,000 of their customers to lose power. They said the remaining outages are scattered throughout Fall Creek, Creswell, Cottage Grove, and Lorane.

They expect all outages will be restored by the end of the day.

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As of 11:13 a.m., Pacific Power said approximately 3,030 customers are still without power.

Pacific Power said crews will work throughout the day to restore power to all customers.

At the height of the outage, more than 91,000 Pacific Power customers lost power.

Lane Electric Co-op said at 11:15 a.m. Saturday that there are 139 homes left to restore. Crews are making repairs in the following areas:

  • Letz Creek Road
  • Lowell/Fall Creek Area
  • Hills Creek
  • West-end of Lane Electric service area
  • Blue Mountain School Road
  • A crew will move to Oakridge once available.

Lane Electric Co-op expects all power should be restored some time Saturday.

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