Thunderstorm Damage Update

Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 12:00 am

Progress Updates on Severe Thunderstorm Damage

Shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday, May 30, a powerful series of thunderstorms hit Northeast Oregon after causing widespread destruction in Central Oregon. Peak gusts hit 76 mph at Arlington, 75 at Umatilla, 73 at Irrigon, and 69 at the Hermiston Airport, with higher gusts away from the sensors, the National Weather Service reports. Thank you members for your patience and attention to safety as we repair the damage! Please know our crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power.

Wednesday, June 3

7 a.m.. – About 15 members remain without power following Saturday’s thunderstorms, other than at the Boardman trailer park on Wilson Road, where more extensive restoration work awaits.

THANK YOU to our communities for your patience and efforts to help friends and neighbors as they clean downed trees off homes, businesses, and roads. This storm proves how deep the community spirit runs in Eastern Oregon.

And a HUGE thank you to Columbia Basin Electric Coop and our contractor Magnum Power for working around the clock alongside our crews to restore power after this devastating storm!

Tuesday, June 2

7 p.m. – About 100 members remain without power following Saturday’s thunderstorms. More than 8,000 have been restored. Crews will be working day and night until full restoration is achieved. Please call (888) 465-5701 day or night if you remain out or to express safety or other concerns. View our outage map.

THANK YOU to our communities for their patience and heartwarming efforts to help their friends and neighbors as they clean downed trees off homes, businesses, and roads. This storm proves how deep the community spirit runs in Eastern Oregon.

And thank you to Columbia Basin Electric Coop and our contractor Magnum Power for working around the clock alongside our crews to restore power after this devastating storm.

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As of noon, we have approximately 100 members remaining without power. Thank you members for staying safe and supporting our restoration efforts. Crews will be working until full restoration is achieved. Please call (888) 465-5701 day or night if you remain out or to express safety or other concerns.

Every downed power line is potentially energized and dangerous until utility crews arrive on the scene to ensure power has been cut off. Downed power lines, stray wires, and debris in contact with them all have the potential to deliver a shock. More at the Safe Electricity website.

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6:30 a.m. Tuesday – Crews have reduced the number of members out to fewer than 50, in scattered outages in the Boardman-Irrigon-Hermiston areas.

5 a.m. Tuesday – Working through the night, crews have reduced the number of members out of power to 95 in Morrow County and 43 in Umatilla County. Thank you members for staying safe and supporting our restoration efforts.

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As of 11 p.m. Monday, about 314 members remain without power, 142 in Morrow County and 172 in Umatilla County. Please call (888) 465-5701 day or night if you remain out or to express safety or other concerns.

Crews will be working until full restoration is achieved. Please call (888) 465-5701 day or night if you remain out or to express safety or other concerns.

Every downed power line is potentially energized and dangerous until utility crews arrive on the scene to ensure power has been cut off. Downed power lines, stray wires, and debris in contact with them all have the potential to deliver a shock. More at the Safe Electricity website.

Safety Information

View our Electrical Safety page.

Downed and Dangerous. If you see a downed power line, always assume it is energized and dangerous. Avoid going near it or anything in contact with the power line. Downed power lines can energize the ground up to 35 ft away-so keep your distance. Never drive over a downed line or through water that is touching the line. If you see a downed line, notify the local authorities immediately. Never try to move a downed power line, even if you think the line is deenergized or if you're using a non-conductive item-this will not prevent injury or death!