Power restored to Albany RV park

"I take care of a gentleman over here that is 76 and has cancer. I went and bought him two batteries this morning for his RV because they both went dead.”

Posted: Feb 15, 2021 3:25 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2021 7:49 PM

ALBANY, Ore. -- Power outages across Oregon continued to take a toll on Monday after powerful windstorms swept through several counties, but power was restored to many in the afternoon.

RELATED: WORST-CASE SCENARIO, SOME COULD BE WITHOUT POWER FOR 10 DAYS

Thousands of power lines were brought down by ice and tree limbs.

KEZI 9 News spoke to multiple residents at Knox Butte RV Park in Albany prior to power returning.

Many there shared that power had been out since Friday.

Albany resident Kim Crow expressed her concerns as many older residents live near her.

“A lot of them are on CPAP machines which need electricity to run,” Crow said. “We have some very old residents. I take care of a gentleman over here that is 76 and has cancer. I went and bought him two batteries this morning for his RV because they both went dead.”

Crow said she’d been using her oven as heat but couldn't leave it on too long because of the fumes.

Albany resident John Erhart also weighed in.

“Without being able to get a generator we would be pretty much freezing,” Erhart said.

Erhart and his wife just rescued a dog and said the outage took a major toll.

Also, food loss is weighing heavy on the minds of residents.

“If we hadn't been able to get this generator, all of our food would go bad, we would have to throw it all out. And it's been really, you know, tough," Erhart said.

Some shared they were keeping their cars running just to be able to charge their cellphones.

“These are self-contained, so you can run off the battery for your furnace, your lights and everything,” Crow said. “Once the battery depletes, there's nothing. You have no lights. You have no furnace, and it makes it kind of hard.”

For a Pacific Power outage map, CLICK HERE.

According to Pacific Power, a small number of outages may extend into Tuesday evening.

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