All power downtown back after Sunday outage

All power downtown back after Sunday outage

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Posted on December 8, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 5:38 PM

PORTLAND -- Portland City Hall was scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Wednesday and the Multnomah County Courthouse at noon after an outage that began last Sunday.

The lights have been out since Sunday, when a underground explosion blew the lift off a manhole and knocked power out at City Hall, the Multnomah County Courthouse and the surrounding area.

Courthouse employees should report for work at noon. No new jurors will be needed until Thursday. Those with court business should check on times and dates.

City workers should report at 8 a.m., but not before then.

The Standard Insurance building has had power restored.

The outage has proved to be costly to downtown businesses millions who’ve had to shut their doors at the peak of the holiday shopping season.

Background: Explosion lifts manhole cover in downtown Portland

PGE crews cited the "extensive damage and the extremely complex nature of the downtown power network," for the several-day repair job.

Even when the wiring is back online, customers had to be phased-in in series to avoid a surge that blows circuits, PGE said.

People who work in the area were asked to call their employers.

Aaron Slade, who works in the Standard Insurance building, told KGW, "It's kind of an inconvenience for for sure. You get downtown, wake up early, and then you kind of have to just go home, I guess."

Traffic signals in the area were affected by the outage, intersections without working signals should be treated as four-way stops. As a result, MAX Green and Yellow lines were also delayed.

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