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The Columbia River PUD reported several power outages throughout the day due to snow and ice accumulation.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: COLUMBIA RIVER PUD - This map shows the areas that were affected by the snow and ice-driven power outages.Crews have been busy Monday, Feb. 15, working on several power outages in Columbia County.

Contacted late in the morning by the Spotlight, Columbia River PUD spokesperson Kyle Boggs said most of the problem happened after midnight Monday.

"Compared to now, the weekend was pretty calm," Boggs said. "Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we had about 20 different outages that affected approximately 1,400 customers."

Boggs cautioned that these numbers were not confirmed.

As of Monday, Boggs said, "We've been getting calls all morning. Once we started getting a whole bunch of calls around midnight, we brought in all of our linemen. They have been out working in the snow and ice since midnight trying to get power on."

Boggs added, "The weight of the snow and ice appears to have snapped several limbs and even trees, which unfortunately, came down through our power lines."

According to Boggs, as of late morning, most of the outages were reported in the southern end of the county, in the Scappoose and St. Helens areas. Boggs said the utility district's Dutch Canyon substation in Scappoose went out, affecting customers.

The PUD updated the Spotlight Monday afternoon, reporting that the peak number of power outages, as of 1:20 p.m., was 4,325 customers.

"We have been able to restore power to some of those customers since that peak," Boggs said, noting crews continue working on restoring power.

There's no word yet on when all power will be restored.


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