Clean up continues after wind storm hits

PGE is working through the night to restore power to thousands

Power lines down from high winds, April 7, 2017 (Pacific Power website)
Power lines down from high winds, April 7, 2017 (Pacific Power website)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The wind storm that whipped through Oregon on Friday continued to cause disruptions Saturday.

As of 9 p.m. Sunday, around 1,000 customers of PGE and Pacific Power remain without power. Crews continue to work as fast as possible to restore service to those affected. Clark County customers have had their power restored.

Trees knocked down power lines in Tualatin, leading to a long night for repair crews. PGE crews worked overnight Friday and continue to work around the clock Saturday to restore power to the remaining customers without power.

“The work here has been really hard all night,” Alfie Sanchez with PGE said. “We’ve been out here since 6 p.m. last night, the remainder still need to be put back on.”

PGE Power outages
Pacific Power outages

The Portland Streetcar in Southwest Portland, August 2016 (KOIN, file)
The Portland Streetcar in Southwest Portland, August 2016 (KOIN, file)

The Portland Streetcar was operating on a modified schedule most of Saturday after a large tree fell on overhead wires along SW Harrison near 2nd. By 9 p.m. Saturday, service was restored to all lines.

A local church donated blankets to keep residents at the Farmington Square senior living center in Tualatin warm after their power went out Friday.

“The residents. when we came in and brought them blankets. were overly excited,” COO Jodi Guffee said. “Just the idea of the children bringing them warm blankets warmed all our hearts.”

Church organizers also moved a children’s piano and guitar recital to the senior center to entertain the residents.

“Good of course,” resident Zona Lautt said. “It was wonderful, whenever you can hear them play is good.”

KOIN 6 Chief Meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke said Saturday will be chilly with highs only in the low 50s, along with on-and-off moderately heavy showers and downpours. Thunder will be possible as well. By Saturday evening, showers diminish and Sunday looks mainly dry.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.