Canby Utility began experiencing power interruptions at its two substations early on Thursday as the winter storm arrived. Canby Utility completely lost power to both substations on Friday afternoon. PG E experienced significant damage to its transmission poles and lines that come into Canby from the North and the Northwest. With poles down and conductor on the ground, PGE first had to access damage and make arrangements to work widespread damage to its transmission system.
Presently as of 9:00 am today, Sunday, February 14, Canby remains completely without electric service to homes. Power is 100 percent out from Canby Utility's two substations outward into our city. Canby Utility is very limited at the present time. All electric and water personnel are working in the field today to repair damage to electric lines and the drinking water system. For Canby Utility, our efforts are focused on identifying damage to our distribution, give first priority to unsafe conditions, and to make any and all repairs possible to prepare for power restoration once PGE can re-energize CU's two electric substations.
Canby Utility is in after-hours, emergency management mode utilizing our emergency dispatch center located in Sandy, Oregon. Our dispatch service is forwarding all trouble calls to field personnel.
Please bear with us through this challenging event. We hope to be able to share more encouraging news on power restoration a bit later today as we learn more from PGE. Our partners at the City of Canby will provide updates from Canby Utility via its Facebook Page and via postings on Canby Now and Canby Now 2.