Storm topples trees, knocks out power across Lake Oswego
Saturdays windstorm packed a powerful punch in Lake Oswego, toppling trees and knocking out power for thousands of PGE customers.
All but a handful of outages in pockets scattered around the metro area had been repaired by midweek. At one point, more than 144,000 people were without power as crews worked to repair more than 400 downed wires in the aftermath of what PGE described as the most severe weather event since December 2008s brutal wind and ice storm.
Cleanup costs could run into the millions of dollars, PGE said.
Lake Oswego police and fire departments responded to more than 50 calls on Saturday, including utility pole fires, several incidents in which a tree fell into a house and reports of downed trees or limbs blocking travel lanes on Jean Road, Meadows Road, Bangy Road, Rogers Road, Carmen Drive, Quail Court, Westview Drive, Pfeifer Court, Pilkington Road and many more.
Police and firefighters also were called to the scene of auto accidents after drivers plowed through intersections where traffic lights were out.
PGE said crews will continue to work around the clock until all service has been restored, which may take a few days given the widespread wind damage. Many of the remaining outages are small, particularly in outlying areas, which makes restoration challenging as crews move from location to location.