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PGE works to restore power outages caused by storm

Thousands are still without power

Portland General Electric crews are working overtime to restore power to 19,400 of its customers affected by this week's winter storm front.

Elaina Medina, PGE spokesperson, said crews were making repairs as quickly and safely as possible.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, she said about 8,000 customers in PGE's eastern region were without power, including 3,000 in the Sandy area, 1,100 near Rhododendron and 700 in the Boring-Damascus area.

In the aftermath of the storm, Mic Eby, Hoodland Fire Chief, said power outages were the biggest remaining issue.

He heard one estimate that power outages near Lolo Pass could take up to a week to fix.

Medina encouraged Mount Hood area residents who see downed power lines or experience power outages to report them to PGE at 1-800-544-1795. They may also be reported via smart phones, which can be set up at portlandgeneral.com.

Eby said people coming up the mountain should "slow down and try to take it easy."