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Power restored for downtown buildings, stores

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It's back to business in downtown Portland.

A power outage knocked out power to numerous buildings on Sunday morning.

Three days later, the power was back on to all buildings in downtown, including the county courthouse and Pioneer Place Mall.

Portland General Electric got the power up by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Shoppers have missed out on the last three days to do any of their holiday shopping at Pioneer Place.

Now, with 13 days left till Christmas, the mall said it will offer limited free parking at Smart Park for shoppers on Dec. 14 and 15.

The power outage happened right in the middle of the holiday shopping season, and 50 to 75 shops in the atrium section of the mall were forced to close.

"Anytime there's an outage like that it's tough, and everybody knows this is a really critical time of the year," said Sandra McDonough, president of the Portland Business Alliance.

To try and get people to go shopping downtown the mall is offering 1,000 free parking validations at Smart Park for shoppers this weekend.

The Portland Business Alliance says it's too early to tell just how much of a financial impact the outage had on the holiday shopping season.

"There's 13 shopping days left so we're not going to start adding up how we've done. We're expecting a great Christmas season downtown," added McDonough.

Shoppers were hitting the stores and trying to get back on track of their holiday shopping.

"Addison and I are doing some shopping because school was canceled today, so I got to use that as an opportunity to take some time off work and go Christmas shopping with my daughter," said Martin Taylor, who came to do some shopping.

The mall is offering 1,000 free Smart Park validations for Saturday and Sunday. Those validations can be picked up at the Pioneer Place Information Booth, which is right outside the Gap store.

"I'm venturing down here because school's out. We had a school closure so what better time to put to use and do some shopping. I am glad to see the shops are up and running again," said Lynn Brannon, who came from Battle Ground to do some shopping.

On Sunday an underground cable failed and a vault fire caused power to be knocked out for numerous buildings in downtown Portland.

That included City Hall, the Portland building and the Multnomah County Courthouse.

On Wednesday, as the power came back on, judges were ready to get back to work.

"We will be working very fast to triage and get things rescheduled and get notices out to people," said Nan Waller, presiding judge.

Hearings and other court cases resumed just after lunch, but Waller says it could take a couple of months to get the last 2 1/2 days of cases resolved.

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