PGE restores power for neighbors in Northwest Portland

A tree fell on a power line in Northwest Portland on April 16, 2016. The outages left more than 2,500 PGE customers without power for hours. KATU photo

The lights are back on for neighbors in Northwest Portland who lost power overnight after a tree fell down onto some lines.

"I keep trying to turn on the lights, you know," says Darcy Lambert who said it's been a bit of a rough start to the week. "It looked just sheets outside at 2 a.m. I mean I couldn't really see much because it had been hitting the windows. But you know, when the power goes out, everything just feels like it's just black outside."

Neighbors tell KATU it went out around 1:30 a.m.

"We're cold. Wearing scarves in the house and when we called at 2:30, it said already they had gotten 1,000 calls," Lambert said.

At its peak, more than 2,500 people had no power. The tree came down onto the line on Northwest 29th place, near the intersection of Northwest Upshur Street.

PGE crews got to work repairing the area around 8:00 Monday morning. With no power for the first half of the day, CLASS Academy charter school first delayed, then ended up closing for the day.

Hours in to the outage, neighbors looked on as crews worked, waiting for the lights to come back on while hoping more rain in the forecast won't cause any more problems.

"It's a long time to be without power," Lambert said.

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