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Power restored for thousands of customers after ice storm

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A PGE crew works on power lines in NE Portland A PGE crew works on power lines in NE Portland
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Power was restored for thousands of customers in the Portland area over the weekend after an ice storm brought down tree branches and power lines

At one point, more than 15,000 Pacific Power customers were without power. As of 6 p.m. Sunday, the utility reported about 820 customers are without power, according to its outage page

"It has been a tremendous effort by our crews," said Curt Mansfield, vice president of operations at Pacific Power. "We had more than 120 people at work on Saturday and we gained a lot of ground. But it was frustrating work as the thaw continue to drop more ice and branches on lines, sometimes damaging lines that had just been repaired."

Pacific Power says crews are still mopping up some of the hardest hit areas, including Parkrose and the neighborhoods around Rocky Butte. 

Portland General Electric crews restored power to more than 40,000 customers as of Saturday evening, and to more than 77,000 customers since Thursday, when the storm began. As of 6 p.m. Sunday, there were about 1,170 Portland General customers without power, with most in Multnomah County, according to its outage page

As the cleanup continues, the utilities want to remind customers to be aware of their surroundings and to stay away from any downed wires. 

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