Wire theft blamed for Willamette Valley outage



EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Pacific Power says wire theft at a substation is to blame for a Sunday night outage that affected more than 7,000 customers in the southern Willamette Valley.

Spokesman Tom Gauntt told The Register Guard (http://bit.ly/nRn3vC ) thieves are risking serious harm and putting repair crews in danger for wire that usually sells for very little as scrap.

It took until 2 a.m. Monday to restore service to Pacific Power customers and some customers of the Emerald PUD that shares transmission lines.


Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com