Power Still Out in Rural Areas

2-12 POWER OUTAGESVENETA, Ore. — Many rural communities are still without power, five days after the lights went out.

Lane Electric says its crews are working 18-hour days to restore power. But even with those long hours, they still don’t have an estimate on when power will be restored for all customers because the areas they’re fixing now only impact a handful of people at a time.

“When we get into day four or five like we’re sitting today, many times a fix that takes two, three hours get two or three people on, and there’s a lot of pockets with one, two, three, four people. And so that’s the issue with why it extends so long,” said Dave D’Avanzo, Lane Electric spokesperson.

He says the amount of trees in these areas is also making it difficult for crews to repair the power lines.

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