PGE crews are on the job, but in some spots restoring power has proven to be more of a struggle than anticipated

While PGE crews continue to battle to restore power to those that are still in the dark and cold, it looks like it might take a little longer to get there.

Monday, Feb. 22, marked 10 days since ice and snow storms descended on the valley, but there were still about 18,000 customers without power in this part of the valley.

According to PGE's outage map online, hard hit areas like Canby, Molalla, Woodburn and other area, particularly in the rural areas, could see as much as a seven day wait for power to be restored.

Most of that number are in Clackamas County, where just under 9,000 are still awaiting heat and electricity restoration from the storm. Marion County has just under 8,000 outages still in progress, with the rest of that number scattered amongst Yamhill, Washington, Multnomah and Polk counties.

The struggle has been that as crews have started to get out into the mess the ice left, they've often discovered the damage was far more extensive than originally thought.

Some of those who have suffered power outages have endured multiple events, forcing crews back to areas to once again restore power. Downed tree limbs and trees have also hampered crews' ability to get to some areas.

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