Power problems: Snow droops wires, trees

Power outages hit more than 63,000 PGE customers

PGE crews repair power lines during a snow storm on January 12, 2017. (KOIN
PGE crews repair power lines during a snow storm on January 12, 2017. (KOIN

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Schools are closed and thousands of Portland General Electric customers remain without power as the Portland area recovers from one of the biggest snowstorms in its history.

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Clark County PUD
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Almost a foot of snow fell in downtown Portland Tuesday and Wednesday, and freezing temperatures will keep it in place the next few days. Roads are slippery and many sidewalks are icy and treacherous.

Portland General Electric says power outages affecting more than 80,000 customers have been repaired, but the heavy snow continues to bring down trees and branches.

PGE gave these safety tips for if you lose power:

  • Never use charcoal briquettes indoors due to harmful fumes.
  • Never use charcoal briquettes indoors due to harmful fumes.
  • Never plug a home generator into an electrical outlet. It can ruin your electrical system and start a fire. It can also feed electricity back into a power line and possibly injure or kill a utility worker.
  • If your power is out and you’re concerned about the cold temperatures, consider a backup plan, like staying with a friend or family member who has power.
  • Check on neighbors or relatives who may have trouble staying warm. PGE thanks customers and the public for their patience as crews work to repair damage from the storm and restore power to those affected.
Heavy snow weighs down both tree branches and power lines in the Portland metro area, January 12, 2017 (KOIN)
Heavy snow weighs down both tree branches and power lines in the Portland metro area, January 12, 2017 (KOIN)