Vandalism suspected in widespread power outages

VENETA, Ore. - It was power outages galore for many Willamette Valley residents Sunday night, mostly for towns served by Pacific Power.

At least 7,000 Pacific Power customers were without power starting around 5 p.m. Sunday.

Pacific Power spokesman Bob Gravely told KVAL News they suspect vandals hit one of their valley substations, near Brownsville.

That's affected customers in Harrisburg, Junction City, Lancaster and Brownsville.

The utility was hoping to have power restored by 11:00 pm Sunday.

Gravely said the Brownsville substation had been restored just before 11:00, so customers will start getting their lights back on.

In addition, Emerald PUD reported outages tonight in Veneta, Elmira and Noti.  That's because EPUD service depends on Pacific Power transmission lines.

EPUD spokeswoman Hillary McBride had no estimate on when power to those cities might be restored.

Central Lane 911 also reported possible outages in Coburg, Monroe, and Cheshire on Sunday night.