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Electric utility crews respond to trees in power linesm causing some to lose power Monday and Tuesday

Wind and rain have officially befallen Columbia County, and despite relatively calm fall days, gusts sent trees into power lines around Scappoose Monday and Tuesday, causing some lines to snap.

Wind speeds were estimated at a high of 32 mph on Monday, with an average of 11 mph winds out of the south, weather data show.

COLUMBIA RIVER PUD PHOTO - In this 2016 photo, line crews with Columbia River PUD respond to downed power lines in Rainier, after heavy winds hit the county, causing tree branches to take out power lines.Around 11:50 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, Scappoose firefighters responded to a call from the 30000 block of Cater Road, to find a tree that fell across a power service drop line to a private property. According to call records from Scappoose Fire District, the power line was intact, but had snapped a support wire, causing the power pole to lean. West Oregon Electric was notified.

Later that day, shortly after 7 p.m. in the 31000 block of Scappoose Vernonia Highway in Scappoose, firefighters and WOEC crews responded to calls of a downed power line, sparking and arcing after it fell into a tree. Part of the tree caught fire, but the flames weren't big enough to threaten any nearby structures, according to the fire district. WOEC was advised of the downed line.

Columbia River People's Utility District also responded to a handful of reports.

"On Monday, we had a single customer with an outage, and three other reports of trees in the lines," Libby Calnon, the PUD's community and public relations supervisor, stated Wednesday. "In those cases, we removed the trees before any customers experienced outages."

The PUD responded to a power outage Tuesday evening, Nov. 14, at 6:41 p.m. when a tree fell through power lines on Raymond Creed Road in Scappoose, leaving 27 customers without power for less than an hour.

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