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WINCHESTER BAY -- Power was fully restored Feb. 26 after a vehicle hit a power pole.

Central Lincoln People's Utility District Public Affairs Manager Chris Chandler said electricity was restored to all remaining 45 customers before 5 p.m.

Chandler this was a "pole with three phases of line on it. That's a major repair!" She said the pole would need to be replaced. 

The accident occurred by Highway 101 and Clear Lake Avenue according to PUD dispatch reports.

"We have 12 line crews throughout our district," she wrote in an email to the Umpqua Post. "They are all quite mobile and depending on the severity of the event, crews can respond from one end of the event to another if needed. Obviously the closest crews are called first and so on."

Responding via text, Reedsport Police Chief Duane Wisehart wrote "we responded and helped."

"We stood by until OSP arrived and assumed investigation," Wisehart stated. 

As for the number of customers impacted, she said there were initially 416 meters and "we were able to do some switching and by 10:11 we had all but 45 back on." All residents had restored power as of early evening. 

"If any outage affects 20 meters or more, we put info on Twitter and Facebook," she wrote. "Customers are our priority and we work hard to provide them with excellent service."

The Umpqua Post Editor Shelby Case can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 296 or


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