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Thousands in Vancouver Lose Electricity

by Kelly Hill
The Oregonian, June 19, 2004

A power failure briefly darkened downtown Vancouver on Friday evening, affecting about 5,000 customers.

It affected both sides of Interstate 5, from the Columbia River to about 50th Street, said Clark Public Utilities spokesman Mick Shutt. The outage began just before 4 p.m. at a Bonneville Power Administration substation in Hazel Dell. Five Clark substations get power from Hazel Dell, Shutt said, and they all lost power once the BPA substation failed.

Shutt did not know the cause of the problem at the substation. Bonneville officials could not be reached Friday evening.

Power began to come back on around 5 p.m., and all customers had electricity restored by 5:15 p.m., Shutt said.

Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Jim Flaherty said the department freed several people stuck in an elevator at the Clark County Service Center at 1300 Franklin St.

Kelly Hill
Thousands in Vancouver Lose Electricity
The Oregonian, June 19, 2004

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