PORTLAND, Ore. – Power was restored to more than 2,000 customers in downtown Portland after a fire in an underground vault on Monday.
Pacific Power said most customers had their power back by 8 p.m. Tuesday. But 24 customers near the vault, located at Northwest 8th Avenue and Couch Street, still didn't have power as of 8 a.m. Wednesday.
A spokesperson said crews needed to shut down power to the large section of downtown to prevent further damage. Check outages
Some customers had their power back Tuesday afternoon.
The outage area initially spanned roughly from Burnside Street to Southwest Jefferson Street, and from Broadway to Interstate 405, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
Several traffic lights were out downtown. The Portland Bureau of Transportation reminded drivers to treat intersections as all-way stops when traffic lights were out.
PBOT also announced Tuesday that phones were down for many essential city services, and offered online resources as an alternative.
The Portland Streetcar ran on its normal schedule, but with slight delays, PBOT said.
The Crystal Ballroom was among the businesses that lost power Monday. The Jesus and Mary Chain concert was canceled.
The Central Library and Portland Art Museum were closed Tuesday because of the outage.