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About 10,000 still without power in northwest Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — About 10,000 customers in northwest Oregon remained without power Tuesday morning almost two weeks after a strong winter storm knocked out electricity to more than 400,000.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the majority of outages, about 5,000, remained in the hardest hit areas of Clackamas County centered around Canby and Oregon City. On Monday, Portland General Electric President Maria Pope said she couldn’t provide an exact date that power would be completely restored to those areas.

Pope said the last stretch of restorations were the most difficult for crews, because they were working on outages that bring back power to only a few customers at a time, making the process slower. Some of those customers could be waiting up to six more days for power to come back on, according to the utility.

Marion County still had around 4,500 customers without power with the most stubborn outages in and around Silverton and Woodburn. The remaining outages were spread across Multnomah, Polk, Yamhill, Washington and Hood River counties.

Downed electrical equipment sit on the pavement along S. Gerber Road in Oregon City, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has called on the National Guard to go door-to-door in areas hardest hit by last weekend’s ice storm to make sure residents have enough food and water. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)