Some Douglas County areas could be without power up to 3 more weeks

(Douglas Electric Cooperative photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Over 250 Pacific Power crew members and contractors worked through the weekend to restore power to nearly 3,400 customers, bringing the number of customers remaining without service to around 350 as of Monday morning. Crews will continue to work through Monday to substantially restore power to the remaining areas impacted by last week’s storm.

A week ago, approximately 42,000 Pacific Power customers from Corvallis to Roseburg were left without power after winter weather dumped heavy snow on the region, which made many roads impassable and brought down trees damaging lines. Additional resources and crews were called in from outside the area to help with damage assessment and make repairs.

“This has been a long process for our customers and crews,” said David Lucas, vice president of operations. “We prepare for conditions like what we’ve encountered over the past week and Pacific Power and contract crews have made a lot of progress with returning service to the majority of 42,000 customers affected by last week’s snow storms. We thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we work to restore power to those remaining customers without power.”

Higher temperatures on Sunday melted snow and created muddy terrain for crews to work through. Pockets of heavily damaged areas remain in Myrtle Creek, outlying areas of Glide and a stretch along Hwy 138. Crews continue to remove downed trees and hike-in to access impacted lines and make repairs that will restore power to the remaining customers.

“I want to say thank you to Douglas County Emergency Management for their partnership through this event,” said Sam Carter, regional business manager. “We coordinated daily throughout the past week about warming shelter information, critical service needs and outage information. They were an invaluable resource through all of this helping to make sure we were aware of important needs and to help us communicate our progress toward restoring power.”

Meanwhile, Douglas Electric Cooperative crews were able to work under favorable weather conditions again Sunday and have brought the count down to 4,900 members without power.

"We have added an additional two crews released by Pacific Power," DEC officials said. "With so many helping us to restore the power, our concern turns to supplies. Our Operations Department is coordinating efforts with the warehousemen to search far and wide for poles, wire and other equipment necessary to complete restoration."

Many affected by the storm, such as Lane Electric Cooperative, are in the same situation., they said. "This will be an ongoing effort, as running out of supplies is not an option."

Some areas could be without power still for up to three more weeks.

Here are estimated wait times for some areas in DEC’s coverage area, via their Estimated Restoration Forecast map:

Up to 3 weeks:

  • Elkton
  • Scottsburg
  • Curtain
  • Upper Smith River

Up to 2 weeks:

  • Scotts Valley
  • Elkhead
  • Hogan Road
  • Umpqua/Tyee

Up to 1 week:

  • Camas Valley
  • Tenmile
  • Melrose
  • Lookingglass

In Lane County, an additional 300 EPUD customers had their power restored Late Sunday by Emerald People’s Utility District crews.

Monday morning, 59 line workers and 10 trimmers are focusing on restoring power to:

  • Creswell
  • Fall Creek
  • Marcola
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Saginaw

Approximately 1,300 EPUD customers remain out of power.

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