Power outages in Josephine County down to 500 customers, Pacific Power says

Crews restored power to another 1,000 customers by Sunday night, the utility said.

Posted: Jan 20, 2020 11:02 AM
Updated: Jan 20, 2020 11:11 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Power outages that initially affected more than 18,000 households or businesses during last week's winter storms have been reduced to just 500 customers remaining without electricity, Pacific Power said on Monday.

The company restored service for about 1,000 customers by Sunday night as crews continued to clear downed trees and repair damaged lines.

"Pacific Power crews expect to see good restoration progress throughout today," the company said in a statement on Monday. "The remaining pockets of outages are spread out from an area north of Grants Pass to south of Cave Junction, concentrated in the west side of Josephine County. Similar to previous days, repair work is taking place in difficult to reach, remote areas."

Some remaining customers could see their power restored by the end of Tuesday or into Wednesday, according to Pacific Power — but the bulk of them should see their electricity return by late Monday evening.

“We are thankful for our customers’ patience and understanding as our crews and contract personnel made steady progress over the past few days to restore service,” said David Lucas, Pacific Power's vice president of transmission and distribution.

Pacific Power encouraged customers to report outages by calling 1-877-508-5088 or text OUT to 722797. You can text STAT to 722797 to check the status of your outage.

Pacific Power suggested the following tips and safety precautions to "ease the inconvenience of power outages" and help crews in restoring power:

  • Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous. Call 911 and report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.
  • Don’t drive over downed power lines.
  • Turn on your porch light. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area of the power failure to see if any lights are still out
  • Check on your neighbors, especially those who may need special assistance. Also, check with others who have electricity, to see if you can visit.
  • If you have power at this time, keep mobile devices charged so that may be used in an emergency. Before anything happens, download the Pacific Power app to your smart device so you can have information readily available.
  • Remember your pets! Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy.
  • If you are using alternate heat or cooking sources, remember to allow plenty of ventilation. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.
  • If you are using a generator, make sure to follow all manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure the generator is outside and not near any household air intakes. Do not connect the generator directly to your breaker box as this can create a dangerous situation for crews working on the powerlines. Instead plug essential appliances directly into the generator.

As of Sunday evening, one Red Cross shelter remained open for those without power in Josephine County. The warming shelter at Illinois Valley High School was left available while a second one in Grants Pass was closed down.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 4335

Reported Deaths: 157
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah118161
Marion98126
Washington74718
Clackamas31711
Deschutes1270
Umatilla1213
Linn1189
Polk10012
Lane773
Yamhill707
Jackson670
Benton565
Clatsop450
Jefferson440
Klamath440
Malheur320
Coos310
Douglas270
Wasco261
Josephine241
Hood River220
Lincoln170
Columbia160
Morrow120
Curry70
Union60
Tillamook60
Crook60
Wallowa20
Lake20
Sherman10
Harney10
Grant10
Baker10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 117215

Reported Deaths: 4305
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles572192448
Riverside8155342
San Diego7554269
Orange6574150
San Bernardino5501208
Alameda351597
Santa Clara2819143
San Francisco258743
Kern237639
San Mateo218884
Tulare200489
Fresno188236
Imperial179829
Santa Barbara166912
Contra Costa150637
Sacramento143958
Ventura116434
Kings11375
San Joaquin98235
Stanislaus75029
Monterey57110
Sonoma5664
Solano54622
Marin50115
Merced3017
San Luis Obispo2781
Placer2289
Santa Cruz2172
Yolo21324
Madera1143
Napa1133
Humboldt1023
El Dorado960
San Benito882
Butte511
Sutter462
Del Norte460
Nevada421
Shasta394
Mono371
Mendocino300
Yuba301
Lake260
Inyo201
Glenn170
Mariposa161
Calaveras150
Amador100
Siskiyou80
Colusa70
Lassen50
Tehama51
Plumas40
Tuolumne40
Alpine20
Sierra10
Trinity10
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
58° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 58°
Brookings
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 56°
Crater Lake
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 60°
Grants Pass
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 61°
Klamath Falls
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 60°
Warm and dry through midweek
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events