With crews working around the clock, more than 3,000 Emerald People’s Utility District (EPUD) customers have had their power restored since the snowstorm hit Sunday evening.
“Our crews are making steady progress,” said Patty Jo Angelini, public relations coordinator.
“We’ve had our EPUD team of 20 line workers out in the field, and have added 20 more from other utilities. We’ve also had tree trimmers alongside them to clear areas and assist with groundwork. Many of our staff worked all through last night, and tonight will be their first break,” she said.
EPUD crews are currently working in and around Veneta, Junction City, Marcola, Pleasant Hill, Creswell, and Cottage Grove.
Two additional crews from Tillamook PUD and West Oregon Electric Cooperative will be joining EPUD’s team on Wednesday morning.
“Much of the work today was focused on replacing broken poles. This is a very time-consuming process. We are thankful for the patience our customers have been showing us throughout our recovery from this storm,” said Angelini.
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.