[UPDATE 11:30 P.M.] All but 935 homes have power restored and Rogue River Highway has been opened for one lane. Trees Inc., Oregon Department of Transportation, and Pacific Power and Light worked most of Thursday evening to restore power and remove the tree.
[UPDATE 4:00 PM] Grants Pass Irrigation District has advised us that residents in the Rogue River area currently without power need to TURN OFF their irrigation pumps immediately and leave them off until Pacific Power restores power to the area. They advise that running your pump while there is no water coming through will ruin your pump. The irrigation district said residents should not expect to have water until noon on Friday.
NEAR ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — Oregon Department of Transportation reports OREGON 99 (Rogue River Highway) is closed at mile point 11 north of the City of Rogue River.
ODOT says a large oak tree has fallen into power lines and onto the highway. ODOT and fire department are on scene.
Pacific Power reports on their website that approximately 5,174 customers are without power after a transmission interruption this afternoon. They could not confirm if the downed tree was the direct cause of the outage.
Pacific Powers says customers in Central Point, Grants Pass, Rogue River and Gold Hill have been affected. Pacific Power crews are working on the situation and expect to have power restored by 6 p.m.