Gales Creek – For more than two hours on Monday evening, 3085 Portland General Electric customers in Gales Creek, Banks, Buxton, Manning, Roy and other northwest Washington County communities were out of power after PGE line workers turned off power to repair a broken top stack insulator, according to Melanie Moir, Corporate Spokesperson for PGE.
What caused the broken part is unknown, but common causes are fallen tree limbs and vehicle collisions with electric poles. The power was out from 6:19 pm to at least 8:22 pm for most customers.
“Any situation when we notice there’s something that needs fixed, we want to get that done as quickly and safely as possible. We thank our customers for their patience.” said Moir.
Coincidentally, Governor Kate Brown had signed a proclamation last month declaring June 10, 2017 “Linemen Appreciation Day,” honoring electrical linemen and the work they do in repairing and maintaining electrical lines during weather emergencies and their role in building critical infrastructure.
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Melinda Moir, PGE Corporate Spokesperson
City of Forest Grove