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Pacific Power upgrades in Merlin cause short-term planned outage

Overnight work will cut power to 6,000 customers on July 18-19 from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Posted: Jul 18, 2019 3:01 AM
Updated: Oct 1, 2020 9:51 AM

Merlin, Ore. –Approximately 6,000 Pacific Power customers in the Merlin area will experience an electricity outage between 10 p.m. Thursday, July 18 and 2 a.m. Friday, July 19 to allow the addition of a new electrical circuit to the Merlin substation which will improve reliability. The planned outage is to complete system upgrades that cannot be done without de-energizing the substation.

Pacific Power has directly notified customers who will be affected.

The outage will affect the general Merlin area north of Grants Pass, including Galice, Merlin, Hugo, Colonial Valley, and Pleasant Valley to Winona on both sides of I-5. Major roads in the area include Pleasant Valley Road, the northern part of Monument Drive, Jump Off Joe Creek, Hugo Road, Galice Road, Robertson Bridge Road, the northern part of Azalea Drive and Pickett Creek Road.

This planned outage was originally scheduled for late May, but was postponed due to high heat.

“Pacific Power appreciates the understanding of our customers during this inconvenience necessary to allow our crews to upgrade our system,” said Christina Kruger, regional business manager. “The work has been ongoing and at this point Pacific Power needs to shut off power temporarily to safely add a new circuit to the substation for additional service reliability. We have timed the outage to minimize inconvenience to our customers.”

Customers may want to use a battery-operated clock or a cell phone alarm and charge mobile devices in advance.

For questions about the planned outage, customers can call Pacific Power toll free at 1-888-221-7070. Any outages during that time outside the affected area should continue to be reported to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

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