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Crews Work to Restore Power to Thousands After Storm

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Thousands of Oregonians were still without power Monday morning after Saturday's ice storm. Crews from local utilities have been working long hours to restore it but for a few people the wait may go into tomorrow.

As of Monday morning about 14 hundred Eugene Water & Electric customers were without power.  EWEB's Joe Harwood estimates Saturday morning about 6 thousand had their power out. Harwood says Saturday's ice storm was unprecedented:

Harwood: "We have so many trees here, especially in the south hills, southeast, southwest, that those trees just came down. And instead of just knocking down the power lines, they were actually cutting the power lines which adds a whole other layer of complexity."

Harwood advises people to stay away from downed power lines.
He believes most EWEB customers will have electricity by the end of Monday.

If you have an outage, report it to your utility.

Pacific Power estimates more than 7-thousand people in the mid-Willamette valley were without power Saturday. As of this Monday morning, about 2000 customers still didn't have electricity.

Outage Hotlines:

EWEB: 541-484-2300
Pacific Power: 1-877-508-5088.
EPUD: 541-746-1583
Lane Electric: 541-484-1151

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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