EWEB says the lights are back on for 98% of customers

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. – Crews with Eugene Water & Electric Board worked around the clock Saturday to restore power in some areas of Eugene after Friday’s powerful windstorm.

EWEB said 6,200 customers lost power on Friday after the wind blew down tree debris onto power lines.

By 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, they say the lights were back on for 98 percent of their customers after crews worked through the night.

“Just start picking away at where the restoration efforts are going to happen. It’s not just the line crews; it’s also interaction with tree crews and getting trees out of the way to actually work on the lines,” said Alan Fraser, engineering supervisor at EWEB.

Fraser said line repairs can take some time because of safety measures.

EWEB said this is the largest wind-related outage they’ve experienced since February of 2002.

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