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9500 Still Without Power Since Big Storm in Oregon

One out of every 20 who lost power at the peak of the storm are still offline

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(SALEM) - PGE has cut the number of customers without power by more than a third since midday. The total estimate now stands at 8,500 -- compared to 13,000 at noon, down from 40,000 yesterday, and down from 250,000 at the height of the storm. Pacific Power crews expected to have remaining customers without power restored this afternoon. As of this morning, there were approximately 1,000 customers still without power, mostly in the mid-Willamette Valley and Clatsop County. Once clean-up work is done and Pacific Power crews are rested, they will be sent to assist other utilities still experiencing outages. According to PGE, only one out of every 20 who lost power at the peak of the storm are still offline. Now, the work goes into even smaller groups of customers. PGE's southern division has the largest numbers at this point, with most of those in Yamhill County. Most of the remaining without power are in outlying areas of Clackamas and Washington counties, and the far east ends of Multnomah County. Crews will continue repair shifts overnight and hopes to restore all remaining customers by the end of the day tomorrow. To report an outage, report that you're still out even though your neighbors have power, or inform PGE about other urgent power-related problems or emergencies, customers should call 503-464-7777 (Portland calling area);503-399-7717 (Salem calling area); and 1-800-544-1795 elsewhere.

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