Saturday, December 29 2012, 04:09 AM CST
Pacific Power works hard to get power back to Josephine County
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore.-Pacific Power reports only 43 of its customers in Josephine County are now left without power.
That number is down from 15,000 at the peak of this power outage.
Homes have not had electricity since Thursday, after heavy wet snow caused trees and lines to fall, damaging Pacific Power equipment.
Cave Junction, Grants Pass, Selma, Merlin, and Wilderville were the areas most impacted by the loss of power.
Some more customers may have power back by the end of Wednesday.
Others in more rural areas, will have to wait until Thursday.
Pacific Power says widespread damage and accessibility have made fixing the problem difficult.
"Customers who are a little further out down long drives. [...] We have multiple poles that we're gonna have to fix just to restore one or two customers. We have to cut our way through trees and so it's still gonna be a little bit of time," said Pacific Power Vice President of Communications, Paul Vogel.
Vogel adds, "We've got shifts going 24 hours, but each crew is 12 on, 12 off."
Usually, 20 Pacific Power line-men service the Grants Pass area.
This outage brought in 10 times the normal number of workers--a total of 240.
The additional manpower was brought in from Washington, Bend and Portland.
Crews worked straight through Christmas in an attempt to get power to customers as soon as possible.
Pacific Power advises everyone to keep away from all power lines, especially those on the ground.
The company says, though lines may not be sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous.