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Storm cleanup continues in metro area

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The storm is over, but the cleanup continues for people across the Portland metro area.

Pleasant Valley Elementary School in SE Portland is just one of the spots affected.

They were forced to close on Monday due to power outages.

PGE crews were busy at work trying to restore power.

At its peak, there were more than 110,000 customers without power.

Strong winds blew over lots of trees over the weekend, and they dragged down power lines with them.

PGE says the main areas still affected Monday included Gresham, Canby and rural parts of Clackamas and Multnomah counties.

Monday they focused their efforts on sawing up wood and debris that shut down roads and made sure there are no hanging wires.

Crews are asking for patience as they work to repair downed lines as quickly as possible while staying safe.

Angie Tolpin appreciates their efforts, saying she and her family lost power Sunday night after they heard a big boom.

"Then we looked out our window, and there was a bunch of sparks that were flying from the transformers, and one of our kids was walking the dog with Dad, and so they came in and said, ‘OK, everybody alright?" Tolpin said.

Tolpin says they grabbed flashlights and candles, and gathered around the fireplace to stay warm.

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