Power was knocked out to up to 15,000 homes Wednesday after a tree limb fell into a power line

Tree limb causes outage to 15,000 residents

Fire and PGE crews were busy Wednesday, responding to electrical meter fires and trying to restore power to residents in Sherwood and the surrounding areas.

At 12:22 pm, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue received a report of an electrical meter blown off a house at 17826 S.W. Cereghino Lane in Sherwood. As firefighters were responding to the home, calls began pouring into the 9-1-1 center reporting similar instances of blown meters, smell of smoke in homes, non-working traffic signals, and power outages intersections stretching from King City to Sherwood.

According to PGE, a tree limb apparently fell in the area of S.W. Pacific Highway and Cipole Road in Sherwood, causing a power surge. The power surge caused nearly 15,000 customers to be without electricity in Washington County.

While there have been no fires or injuries resulting from the power surge, the situation is taxed TVF&R resources, as firefighters, fire investigators and other staff responded to check the safety of homes, schools, and senior centers who have reported possible problems.

Numerous calls were placed to 9-1-1 emergency services and a TVF&R battalion chief at the Washington County 9-1-1 Center helped triage the calls, while maintaining service levels throughout the district. TVF&R also activated its fire operations center in Tigard, whereby incident management staff are directing fire department operations and working closely with other local governments and service providers.

Those who come upon an area with no electricity should exercise concern and TVF&R advises the following:

- Treat intersections without a working traffic signal as a four-way stop.

- Don’t touch exposed electrical meters or wiring. Call 9-1-1.

- Individuals should check on their senior neighbors until power is restored.

- Candles are a fire hazard. Use flashlights and light sticks to light your home.

You can get updates on the situation via local news media or PGE’s Twitter at PortlandGeneral.

To report outages call PGE at 503-464-7777.

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