Outage Update – December 15

UPDATE: Monday, December 15

Our linemen completed the majority of the outage restoration work yesterday afternoon. We still have a few locations where individual customers are out of power because there was damage to their meter base, which is customer-owned equipment. We have spoken with these customers to let them know what needs to be done to have service restored.

If you are still without power and we haven’t been in contact with you about your meter base being repaired, or if you only have partial power, please call us at (503) 397-1844.

UPDATE: Saturday December 13, 2:00 p.m.

We have restored power to all but about 150 customers. If you are without power, please call (503) 397-1844 every few hours to let us know you are still out.

Our crews will work into the night tonight. How quickly they are able to restore power for the remaining customers will depend on the severity of the damage at the remaining trouble spots. We appreciate your patience during this process. The storm caused significant damage throughout our distribution system, and we are working hard to get everyone back on as quickly as possible.

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UPDATE: Saturday, December 13, 7:00 a.m.

PUD line crews have resumed their restoration efforts. We still have a number of broken poles and downed lines to repair. If you are without power, please call (503) 397-1844 this morning to report your outage.

UPDATE: Friday, December 12, 5:00 p.m.

PUD line crews have restored power to roughly 6,500 of the 7,000 customers affected by the windstorm. The crews began working Thursday morning and worked through Thursday night and Friday. They will continue to work for a few more hours this evening, and then go home and take a mandatory rest break for safety. They will return to work on Saturday morning and resume the restoration effort.

UPDATE: Friday, December 12, 2:00 p.m.

We had an estimated 7,000 customers affected by the windstorm, and about 900 are still without power. Our line crews have made great progress but there is much work left to be done. We received hundreds of reports of downed trees, downed lines, broken poles, and other wind-related damage, and the repairs required are extensive.

The PUD’s line crews will work through the day today, however it’s likely it won’t be possible for them to complete all repairs today. If that’s the case, they will take a safety rest break later tonight and come back tomorrow morning to continue repairs.

Outage related information:

UPDATE: Friday, December 12, 7:00 a.m.

The windstorm that began yesterday afternoon caused extensive damage throughout our service area. Columbia River PUD line crews have been working all night and will continue to work until service is restored for all customers.

We have received hundreds of reports of downed trees, downed lines, broken power poles, and other wind-related damage. Our crews are working as quickly as they can safely work to restore power.

If you see a downed power line, keep away, keep others away and call us immediately at (503) 397-1844 to report it. Never touch a downed line or anything near it, and do not attempt to remove trees, branches, or other debris tangled in downed lines.

For more information, visit www.crpud.net/outages.

UPDATE: Thursday, December 11, 10:30 p.m.

Crews have repaired the transmission line that delivers power to Dutch Canyon Substation. There are still dozens of reported trouble spots within the PUD’s service area. Line crews expect to work throughout the night.

If you see a downed line, stay away, keep others away, and call us to report it at (503) 397-1844.

ORIGINAL: Thursday, December 11, 5:00 p.m.

High winds are causing outages throughout the PUD service area tonight.

The largest outage, which affected 2,848 customers served by Dutch Canyon Substation in Scappoose, was caused when a tree broke through two spans of the transmission line serving the substation. Crews re-routed power from nearby Scappoose Substation to restore power for many customers, and are working to remove the tree and repair the lines to restore power to those still affected.

PUD crews are also working to repair downed lines on Hwy 30 in Goble.

An outage in St. Helens affected customers in the areas of Sykes Road, Pittsburg Road, and Yankton. Most customers in the Sykes Road area have had power restored, and crews will continue to work to restore power to those still affected. Several other smaller outages are affecting customers from Scappoose to Rainier.

More information about outages

Follow these guidelines for staying safe around downed power lines.

Read about our steps to restoring power.

Learn what you should do during a power outage.