More than 200,000 without power in Oregon following storm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people remained without power Tuesday as crews raced to restore electricity after an icy weekend winter storm downed more than 5,000 power lines in the region.
Portland General Electric’s map of power outages listed about 200,000 customers without electricity, while Pacific Power listed about 20,000 in Salem and the Portland area.
A weekend weather system brought heavy snow across the Pacific Northwest, with Seattle seeing more than a foot of snow Saturday through Monday. But it was northwest Oregon that saw the most severe effects as ice and snow downed trees, collapsed roofs and made driving dangerous.
In Troutdale, Oregon, snow and ice caused a section of a roof to collapse into a grocery store Sunday afternoon. Authorities said one minor injury was reported.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who over the weekend declared a state of emergency for the greater Portland area, urged people to avoid roads because of treacherous conditions as crews scrambled to restore electricity.
“Utilities in our region have never experienced such widespread outages, including during the September 2020 wildfires," Brown said in a statement.
Flooding was also a concern in western Washington as milder Pacific air arrived, with snow melting, storm drains clogged and rain expected.