Downtown buildings will closed Monday due to electrical problem - KPTV - FOX 12

Power could be restored to downtown Portland buildings midday Tuesday

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A power outage closed downtown Portland businesses and public buildings Monday as crews worked to restore electricity to nine blocks of the Rose City's central core and Portland General Electric does not expect power to be fully restored until midday Tuesday.

An underground fire knocked out power to a large portion of downtown early Sunday.

Areas south of Southwest Alder on Southwest Fourth and Southwest Fifth were still affected by the outage.

PGE said a cable failure and vault fire caused the power outage. Crews found extensive damage underground.

PGE crews spent all day Sunday trying to repair the problem. By Sunday evening, crews were able to get a portion of the downtown network back on.

But an area including Portland City Hall, the Portland Building and the Multnomah County Courthouse remains without power.

Hearings and jury duty for cases in the County Courthouse have been postponed, according to Judge Nan Waller. Jurors on ongoing trials should call to find out whether their trials were relocated.

All court proceedings were canceled for Tuesday and new jurors do not need to report to the courthouse.

Some ongoing civil trials will be relocated to other court facilities. Ongoing grand juries must report to Room 358 in the downtown justice center, which does have power.

The outage is also affecting traffic signals in the area and the MAX Green and Yellow lines.

Each train has to stop at every corner, treating each intersection like a four-way stop, which is delaying travel time.

City crews said traffic signals from West Burnside to Southwest Jefferson between Broadway and Southwest Fourth are not functioning. Please treat each intersection like a stop sign.

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