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.
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.
Seen countless holiday shoppers turned away at Pioneer Place. The Gap, J. Crew and Apple shut down for past 3 days due to power outage.— Kyle Iboshi (@KyleIboshi) December 10, 2013
All trials, hearings and other proceedings slated for Monday and Tuesday at the Multnomah County Courthouse on Southwest 4th Avenue were canceled. They will be rescheduled by the court.
People involved in continuing trials should contact the office of the presiding judge to find out if there is an alternate location for those trials. Anyone asked to show up for jury duty will need to report on Tuesday morning instead.
"Well, not much I can do about it except go home, get ready to go back to work," said Dan Githens, who trying to drop off paperwork Monday at the courthouse.
Proceedings at the Justice Center, the Juvenile Justice Complex and the East County Courthouse will proceed as scheduled.