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Power outage hits Medford

The outage occurred after 6 a.m. and Pacific Power crews estimated it would be resolved sometime Monday afternoon
Pacific Power was working to restore power Monday in four areas across the Rogue Valley. [Submitted photo]

More than 5,000 people were without Power Monday morning in Medford and surrounding areas, impacting businesses, city services and even the cooling shelter set up to provide respite from the extreme temperatures expected throughout the week.

Pacific Power spokesperson Drew Hanson said the service interruption, caused by a crow, began around 6:30 a.m., affecting 5,600 customers. By 9:30 a.m., 1,800 customers had seen their power restored.

“Crews and engineers are in the process of switching to alternate feeds, so you’ll see service return to pockets of the remaining 3,800 customers, with the goal to have service fully restored to all customers by 1 p.m.,” Hanson wrote in an email to the Mail Tribune. “We appreciate our customers’ patience as crews work diligently to make the necessary repairs and return service.”

Pacific Power alerted customers that outages could be fixed before noon, then it revised estimates to say it would take longer.

The company had reported some outages in White City, but just after 10 a.m., those incidents no longer appeared to be an issue.

The Grants Pass area also saw some power outages, and crews were investigating them. No time estimate to resolve them has been posted.

Traffic in and around downtown Medford was moving slower than expected during Monday morning’s commute, given that stoplights were out at numerous intersections. City officials asked everyone to treat intersections without a light as a four-way stop.

At 4:30 p.m., Pacific Power’s website showed power had been restored.

Due to the power outage, Medford announced that all city facilities and programs, including Jackson Pool, summer day camp and preschool, were closed.

Reach reporter Kevin Opsahl at 541-776-4476 or kopsahl@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevJourno.