Region recovering from weekend storm
Utility crews were working to restore electricity to thousands of customers Sunday after the worst of the wind and rain storm that struck over the weekend had passed.
PGE says crews working overnight reduced the number of customers still without service to about 4,000 scattered throughout its service area by early morning. More than 70,000 PGE customers experienced wind and tree-related power outages during the course of the day Saturday. According to PGE, more than 60 crews worked through the night to clear fallen trees and tree limbs, address downed power lines, and repair storm damage.
Pacific Power says its crews also worked through the night, reducing the number of customers without power to about 6,000 by early morning, down from 50,764 total on Saturday.
Portland Fire & Rescue responded to 62 emergency incidents between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, which was three times the average number of emergency incidents per hour. Preliminary numbers show that approximately 50 of those 62 incidents were wind related, including a tree onto a house. And 30 of the 62 incidents were power lines that were down.
The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management activated neighborhood teams in several parts of the city Friday and Saturday to respond to localized flooding and storm-related damage.
We need them to be ready to tackle the storm, said Felicia Heaton, the deputy public information officer for the Bureau of Emergency Management. It turned out that we activated some neighborhood emergency volunteers to go out into their neighborhoods and do a few things.