Thousands get power back after ice storm

Portland General Electric said a total of about 77,000 customers lost power.

PGE is working to restore power and fix power lines in Portland after a storm on December 8, 2016. (KOIN)
PGE is working to restore power and fix power lines in Portland after a storm on December 8, 2016. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The freezing rain advisory is over and temperatures definitely warmed up over the weekend. But the ice continued to cause problems even as it melted.

Portland General Electric said a total of about 77,000 customers lost power.

As of 4:30 p.m. Sunday, power was restored for most Pacific Power customers in Northeast Portland who were impacted by snapped trees and downed lines.

“It has been a tremendous effort by our crews,” Pacific Power vice president of operations Curt Mansfield said in a press release. “We had more than 120 people at work on Saturday and we gained a lot of ground. But it was frustrating work as the thaw continued to drop more ice and branches on lines, sometimes damaging lines that had just been repaired.”

But around 1,200 Portland Pacific Power customers were still without power Sunday evening. Only 50 Clackamas County PGE customers were still without power and over 1,600 in Multnomah County.

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Clark County PUD outages
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ODOT closed eastbound I-84 between Troutdale and Hood River due to the icy road conditions. All lanes reopened around 12:45 p.m. Sunday.

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