Power outages mostly back as storm subsides

Record breaking heavy rains caused flooding throughout the metro area

A tree nearly fell on a house in SE Portland, December 9 2015. (KOIN)
A tree nearly fell on a house in SE Portland, December 9 2015. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Thousands of people were without power on Wednesday morning after heavy rains caused flooding and damaged power lines.

As of 4:50 p.m., about 700 PGE customers in 5 counties were without power. Get the latest PGE updates here. Company officials said power to the remaining customers should be restored Wednesday evening.

Over the course of the storm about 55,000 PGE customers were without power, including 28,000 directly affected on Wednesday. Customers can report an outage on their website or by calling either 503.464.7777 or 800.544.1795.

Aerial footage of flooding in Washington County, December 9 2015. (KOIN)
Aerial footage of flooding in Washington County, December 9 2015. (KOIN)

Rain subsided Wednesday morning and assessment of damage began.

Many schools were closed or had a delayed start on Wednesday morning due to road conditions and power outages. TriMet buses and MAX trains experienced delays as well. 

KOIN CLOSINGS AND DELAYS

Johnson Creek waters have receded but are still very close to the banks.

Cowlitz County, Washington declared an emergency in each of its cities Tuesday night in response to major flooding.

ODOT continued to recommend drivers delay travel in Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook Counties where multiple landslides were reported Wednesday morning. You can check for road closures on ODOT’s website.

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