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Pacific Power outages hit SE Bend, N. of Madras

Published On: Mar 28 2014 01:55:04 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 28 2014 06:47:49 PM CDT
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BEND, Ore. -

More than 800 Pacific Power customers in southeast Bend lost power for two hours Friday morning when a jumper wire to a power line failed -- and about the time those repairs were done, a new outage hit the Cherry Lane area north of Madras.

The Bend outage began around 10:15 a.m. and eventually affected 817 customers, utility spokesman Tom Gauntt said.

All were back online by about 12:15 p.m., he said, beating the 1:30 p.m. estimate of full restoration by over an hour

Two area residents reported much briefer outages, 10 to 20 seconds, on NewsChannel 21's Facebook page.

Then, around 12:20 p.m., a wire fire on a power pole knocked out service to about 150 customers on or near Cherry Lane, north of Madras, Gauntt said. Crews initially estimated that problem would take until around 4 p.m. to complete repairs, but pushed that back to 6 p.m. because the damage was more extensive than originally thought, Gauntt said.

Two wires also reportedly burned and fell along Quail Drive in Crooked River Ranch Friday afternoon.

To track Pacific Power's larger (over 500-customer) outages in Oregon, visit here: https://www.pacificpower.net/ed/po/ooi.html

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