SHERWOOD, Ore. -- Thousands lost power in the Sherwood area Wednesday afternoon, and a power surge damaged a number of power meters, according to Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. Several small fires were also sparked by the power surge. There were no reports of injuries.
Tualatin Valley Fire said 20 homes had damaged electrical meters.
PGE was responding to wide reports of power outages, with about 15,000 customers reportedly without power as of 1 p.m. Sherwood High School was among the locations affected by the outage. Power was restored to all but about 3,000 customers by 4 p.m.
TVF&R said a tree fell on a power line on SW Cereghino Lane in Sherwood, causing the outage and triggering a large power surge.
As firefighters were responding, calls began pouring in to report similar instances of blown meters, smell of smoke in homes, non-working traffic signals, and power outages intersections stretching from King City to Sherwood.
Report an outage to PGE: 503-464-7777.
- Treat intersections without a working traffic signal as a four-way stop.
- Don't touch exposed electrical meters or wiring. Call 9-1-1.
- Individuals should check on their senior neighbors until power is restored.
- Candles are a fire hazard. Use flashlights and light sticks to light your home.