The loss of a main Pacific Power transmission feed is believed to be the cause of a power outage that affected more than 32,000 customers from Dillard to Sutherlin for 40 minutes on Friday afternoon.

The outage, first reported at 1:24 p.m., shut down traffic signals throughout Roseburg, reducing motorists to stop-and-go speed at many intersections. Power was fully restored by 2:02 p.m., according to Tom Gauntt, spokesman for Pacific Power.

At one point, more than 15,000 Pacific Power customers in Roseburg, more than 6,000 in the Winston-Dillard area, and approximately 5,000 customers in the Sutherlin-Oakland area were affected, according to the Pacific Power outage map. More than 1,500 Douglas Electric Cooperative customers were affected by the outage, according to Todd Munsey, spokesman for the company.

Munsey said loss of the Pacific Power transmission line affected Douglas Electric customers in the Umpqua, Melrose, Lookingglass, Tenmile, Camas Valley and other areas.

The company is investigating the cause of the outage, he said.

Max Egener, Hannah Kanik and Mike Henneke contributed to this story.

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Hannah Kanik is the Charles Snowden intern at The News-Review.

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Max Egener is the city reporter for The News-Review. He has a master's degree from the University of Oregon, and is an avid skier and backpacker.

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About 20 mins before the outage, in the Hucrest neighborhood where I lived I witnessed 2 pacific power trucks park on the side of my street, followed by about 5 personal from them seeming to be doing nothing but standing around doing nothing in the middle of the street. One of them looked like he was excessively spitting out chew in the middle of the street as well. This behavior continued even after the power had gone out for another 10-15 mins and than they left. Was it a coincidence that they just happened to show up before the power went out? I doubt it. I think someone messed up on something here and the lack of knowledge and the "investigating" is to cover their tracks.


So, What caused the loss the the transmission feed?

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