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Falling limb leaves SE homes and businesses in the dark

“Is there a fire?” asked a pedestrian, looking west down S.E. Holgate Boulevard from 82nd Avenue.

“Was there a wreck?” was the query of a driver, puzzling over why Holgate was closed to traffic at about 1 pm on October 6.

It turns out, the street was closed for about an hour because part of a tree fell across the Portland General Electric (PGE) power lines, near the substation on S.E. 80th Avenue.

Because a potentially-energized electrical line was down, and draped across vehicles in the driveway of a home and across S.E. Holgate Boulevard, Portland Fire & Rescue Engine 11 parked crosswise in the street to block the road – and Portland Police Bureau district officers shut down the street to traffic.

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Portland Fire & Rescue Engine 11 blocks S.E. Holgate Boulevard, after a power line falls across the street. Behind the fire engine, crews arrive to start repair on the downed power line.“Customers reported that they heard a ‘bang’ before the power went out,” PGE spokesman Steve Corson recounted to THE BEE.

“The outage occurred at 1:07 pm,” Corson said, “and, three minutes later, crews were rolling toward the site. It affected 258 customers.”

Within hours, the line was reconnected. No one was injured, and no property damage was reported from the incident, but traffic was disrupted on and near Holgate Boulevard.