Residents of Columbia City and Deer Island were subjected to a 20-minute power loss on March 25 when a tree limb fell into power lines along Highway 30. Approximately 1,436 customers were affected, according to an announcement by Columbia River People’s Utility District.
A gust of wind blew a tree limb into the power lines and caused the power loss at 3:17 p.m. Crews from the utility district were on scene quickly to remove the limb from the power line; power was restored for all customers at 3:37 p.m.
"The wind was really blowing," said John Shaffer, the line crew foreman who responded to the outage call. "It blew that limb over 100 feet sideways and into the power lines."