Large power outage causes momentary scare and inconvenience

(KTVL/ Kimberly Kolliner)

64,000 homes in Josephine and Del Norte Counties were without power Tuesday morning.

One place you wouldn't want to be during a power outage - the operating table.

Lucky for Asante Three Rivers Medical Center patients there's always a plan b.

"Our backup generators kicked in within four to six seconds so there was never any problem with patient care at all," said Lauren Van Sickle, the Asante spokesperson.

For even more piece of mind, a team kept an eye out for any power problems the rest of the day.

"We put together an incident command center and people from various departments within the hospital get together to make sure patient care is not compromised,” said Van Sickle.

A little less serious but still inconvenient, the problems local Grants Pass businesses like Rogue Barbers dealt with.

"I told them I've been doing it so long I could do it in the dark,"said Cheryl Culwell, one of the store’s barbers.

That's exactly what it came down to for Culwell and her customer.

"I had just started my first haircut buzzed up this side. Got halfway done, power went out and he was like 'oh great,'” said Culwell.

Culwell's customer ended up going through with it.

But with their shop being so full, Damion Trovato, a barber and co-owner, says he's glad it didn't have to come to dark, hot haircuts for the rest of the day.

"We could not have worked here a whole day without power. The air conditioning is huge; it's going to be like 90 degrees today I heard. No way It's not right for us, it's not right for the customer," said Trovato.

The outage started at around 9:10 and lasted until 9:40.

Pacific power says it happened because of construction work close to the transmission substation in grants pass.

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