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Salem Power Outage Caused by Damage at Construction Site

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Published on : Mar 16, 2015

A minimum of two businesses on Commercial Street SE were hit by a power outage that occurred on Saturday. The outage was later found out to have been caused by power lines that were damaged near a construction site. The report was provided by Portland General Electric.

Chevron and its next door business Natural Grocers had reported losing power just after 8 am when Natural Grocers has opened for business.

The two businesses are located on opposite side of the street, north of the new construction site at the corner of Hilfiker Lane and Commercial Street. The place will be home to a new development called Firehouse Crossing. The tenants expected at the new place are Mod Pizza, Mike’s Subs, and Qdoba Mexican Grill.

PGE spokesperson Brianne Hyder said on Sunday that the construction crew had reported that bits of scaffolding had fallen above a power pole. The fall broke a buck arm, which is basically a supporting cross arm that holds the wires up.

Chevron Manager Allen Couser, said that the culprit was a wall that was at least 16 feet high and 30 feet wide and fell on the sidewalk of Commercial Street.

At least 120 customers were affected by the power outage, according to PGE. The outage lasted for about 6 hours. Chevron and Natural Grocers managers were both told that the power would be restored to them by 10:30 am.

Couser said that he cannot sell gas without electricity. So he decided that they cone it off and wait till the power came back on.

Hyder said that power was restored at 2:30 pm, after PGE crews replaced the destroyed section of the power pole and reinstalled a wire.