Tag: Power Outage

Power Outage in Heatwave

Update: 9:38 a.m. – Pacific Power confirmed crews restored power to all affecting residences. As air conditioner use increases in the region, these minor outages could become more common. The rise in extreme heat events will also make outages more dangerous for those who require electricity to stay cool.

Update: 9:09 a.m. – Reports of power restoration are starting to come in.

This morning, customers of Pacific Power in Montavilla found themselves without electricity. A localized power outage is affecting 276 residences. The power went offline around 6:30 a.m. and, as of yet, has not been restored. Linemen are on site working to restore power to the small section of the neighborhood served by their company. Repair estimates say power should return by 11:30 a.m.

Pacific Power provides electrical service in Montavilla north of SE Stark Street. Portland General Electric (PGE) covers the southern portion of the neighborhood. PGE customers have not reported any outages in the area. With temperatures already reaching 75 degrees, residents are concerned about cooling themselves before the power service comes back. This article will update when power is restored.

Tree Limb Blocking SE 70th

A tree limb has fallen across SE 70th Ave, blocking traffic and cutting power for local residents. As high winds continue in the Portland area, a large branch has blown loose, bringing down power lines and striking the house at 6934 E Burnside Street. Crews are on-site, removing the tree and working to restore power.

Located on the SE 70th Ave side of the corner house at 7004 E Burnside Street, The tree is planted between the sidewalk and curb. Although the lost limb is large, damage to surrounding property seems to be minimal. The power lines took most of the impact and held the branch back from fully impacting the house at 6934 E Burnside Street.

Umbrella Power Outage

Yesterday Montavilla experienced a power outage that affected over 3,000 customers. Residents in all four zip-codes of Montavilla experienced the outage. The total time without power was little over and hour, from 12:43 to 1:51 PM.

The Oregonian reported that an umbrella was the cause of the outage. Pacific Power spokesperson Tom Gauntt was quoted in the article, saying that this was the first time he had seen a loose umbrella cause an outage. The umbrella made contact with the power lines near Mall 205, causing a short.