Charbonneau's power returns after ice storm blackout
After going roughly three days without power, the Charbonneau community's lights turned back on around 8 p.m. Monday evening.
The community, which has over 1,600 living units, lost power Saturday, Feb. 13 during the winter storm that caused trees and limbs to fall and damaged Portland General Electric infrastructure across the Portland metro area.
"I want to again extend a big thank you to all the residents and volunteers that helped each other during this crisis. This community is amazing. And another big thanks to the City of Wilsonville for their continued work and support of Charbonneau," Charbonneau Country Club General Manager Jim Meierotto said in a message to the community.
During the storm, the homeowners association leadership and the city of Wilsonville conducted welfare checks, distributed food and chargers to people, and neighbors offered each other assistance. CCC Director John McLain said many Charbonneau residents stayed in hotels or with friends and family outside of town, while others hunkered down in their homes and supported each other. He had not heard of any emergency situations related to the outages.
McLain said the community's emergency response team, which includes over 50 captains tasked with making sure everyone in their area was taken care of and accounted for, was particularly beneficial during the storm as well as the wildfires that took place last September. He added that the Wilsonville government was also very helpful.
McLain said he's never lived in a community as active and caring as Charbonneau.
"People are very supportive of each other," he said.
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