Power Pole Snaps Overnight Due to Cold

EUGENE, Ore. —   EWEB crews worked to restore electricity Sunday morning after a power pole broke overnight in Eugene.

It happened near the intersection of Coburg Road and Crescent Avenue.  An EWEB spokesperson says the pole broke at about 1:20 a.m. and knocked out power for 261 customers.

“I think the anchor failed, due to the cold weather,” says Scott Mehlbrech, a Line Foreman for EWEB who was on scene for the repairs. “[Then] the strain on the pole when the anchor broke, it broke the pole off,” says Mehlbrech.

Crews were able to restore power for 204 of those homes by 3:30 a.m., but the remaining 57 homes didn’t have power until just after 11:00 a.m.

EWEB reported several other outages Sunday, but says this one was one of their biggest.

“[We] have not had very many problems with this much snow,” says Mehlbrech. “And I think it’s because it’s so dry and so cold, it’s not affecting our system like it normally would if it was wet.”

EWEB says if you ever stumble upon a down power line, it’s important to stay away from it and report it immediately.

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