Almost 2,000 lose power on hottest day of 2014 to date

A break on an electrical transmission line left nearly 2,000 customers of the Columbia River People's Utility District without power for more than three hours on the hottest day of the year so far Tuesday afternoon, July 1.

Some 1,937 customers of the public utility in the Warren area were affected by the blackout, according to the PUD. The outage was blamed on a broken insulator on the PUD's transmission line serving the Tarbell substation.

The power went out at 3:37 p.m., minutes after the conclusion of a highly watched soccer match between the United States and Belgium at the FIFA World Cup in Salvador, Brazil. While electricity came back for customers who lost power in Scappoose within seconds, power was not restored in all areas until 6:30 p.m., the PUD said.

Temperatures peaked in the Scappoose area at 95 degrees Fahrenheit Tuesday shortly before 5 p.m., according to data provided by the National Weather Service, which issued a heat advisory for the region.

To restore service, Columbia River PUD linemen replaced the insulator and worked with the Bonneville Power Administration to re-electrify the line, the Deer Island-based utility said Wednesday.

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