Outage Update: Some Advances Overnight but Long Road Ahead

Emerald People’s Utility District (EPUD) crews worked overnight and restored power to approximately 200 customers. Many of these gains came in the areas of Hill Creek, Lost Creek, and Lower Marcola.

“Approximately 5800 customers remain out of power. We need them to prepare to be out of power for a week or more. Customers struggling without power and needing non-emergency assistance are urged to call the storm outage hotline set up by Lane County. That number is (541) 682-3977,” said Patty Jo Angelini, public relations coordinator.

Although progress continues, outages continue to be widespread and EPUD is advising customers to prepare for very cold weather coming this weekend. Overnight temperatures are expected to reach the low 20s.

This morning, approximately 55 line workers and 10 tree trimmers are out working to remove power to downed lines and restore power. Examples of areas where crews are working include the Cottage Grove area, Creswell, Alvadore, Elmira, Marcola, Pleasant Hill, and Fall Creek.

“To those customers who have reached out to us about downed lines, know that we have dedicated our three servicemen to focus on clearing and cutting power to downed lines,” Angelini said.

Yesterday, the Bonneville Power Administration re-connected service to EPUD’s Latham substation, which will allow EPUD crews to begin restoring some parts of the Cottage Grove and other southern district areas. Individual homes and neighborhoods will continue to be restored sections at a time after EPUD’s main poles and wires are rebuilt.

Emerald PUD is a not‐for‐profit electric utility formed in 1978 by a small group of local citizens who wanted better, customer‐oriented service at the lowest possible rates. Today EPUD serves more than 20,000 meters in Lane County, Oregon.

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