Wire theft blamed for Willamette Valley outage
Monday, August 29, 2011
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