Downed tree causes power outages in SE Portland

A downed tree led to power outages in the Eastmoreland neighborhood early Monday morning.
Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 5:19 AM PDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2022 at 5:26 AM PDT
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - A downed tree led to power outages in the Eastmoreland neighborhood early Monday morning.

More than 650 customers with Portland General Electric are without power after tree fell and took down power lines in the area of Southeast 34th near Southeast Bybee. The incident occurred shortly before midnight.

The downed power lines also sparked a tree fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and did not cause any other damage.

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Scene photo(KPTV)

FOX 12 learned the oak tree, roughly 200 years old, is a heritage tree, which means it’s registered with the city - unique because of its size, age and historical importance.

The tree was on Chris Patrick’s property. He bought his home eight years ago and every year he brings an arborist in to trim and check up on the old oak tree.

Patrick was proud of the northern red oak. He asked the city to name it a heritage tree, which it did. he had no clue that it wasn’t healthy, until Sunday night.

“We heard the thud. I jumped out of bed, ran downstairs to see what the noise was and though, ‘Oh no.’ A huge branch has gone right across the street,” Patrick said.

PGE crews have responded to the scene and are working to fully restored power. They expect power to be restored by 6 p.m. on Monday. Other crews need to come in and remove the tree debris first before power can be fully restored.