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Downtown power outage expected to continue into Monday

A power outage that struck parts of downtown Portland is expected to continue into Monday. Morning business was canceled in several public buildings, including City Hall and the Multnomah County Courthouse.

Ironically, the City Council is scheduled to consider the new strategic plan for the Bureau of Emergency Management on Wednesday. It calls for the city to be better prepared for disasters.

Several major buildings in downtown Portland and a portion of the Pioneer Place shopping center remain without power Sunday evening after an underground cable failure and fire early in the day.

MAX trains are running but have to stop at every intersection for safety reasons.

PGE crews remain on the scene and may be able to restore power Sunday night to spots north of SW Alder Street. But other buildings south of SW Alder, including Portland City Hall, the Portland Building and the Multnomah County Courthouse will not have power until sometime Monday.

City officials said City Hall and the Portland Building will open at noon.

All trials, hearing and other business at the Multnomah County Courthouse is canceled on Monday and will be rescheduled by the court. Those who were to report for jury duty on Monday should instead report on Tuesday.

Only the downtown courthouse on SW 4th is affected. All court proceedings set in the Justice Center, in the Juvenile Justice Complex and in the East County Courthouse will take place as scheduled.

The outage does not extend outside this core area, officials said.

Traffic signals in Southwest Portland from Burnside to Jefferson between Broadway and 4th are not working. Motorists should treat them as a 4-way stop.

Officials suggested people who work in the downtown Portland core area should check with their employer for their work status.

Guests at the Hotel Monaco told KOIN 6 News they're being put up at another hotel.

A manhole cover blew around 5:20 a.m. in the area between SW 4th and 5th to Salmon and Taylor, PF&R officials said. The transformer caught fire, and in order to get the fire out, PGE turned off the power in that area.

PGE will work through the night to repair the problem.

It was not immediately known at this time what caused the transformer to malfunction.

Reporter Jim Redden contributed to this story.