Portland, Oregon 2021-07-23 18:42:08 –
PGE turned off twice
KOIN, Oregon — Marci Macfarlane has encountered a potentially dangerous situation in the Overlook district of North Portland. A nearby utility pole was illegally tapped at least twice, threatening a fire.
She took a video of the electrical cord before PGE unplugged it for the first time. But when KOIN 6 News investigated on Friday, hundreds of feet of electrical cords ran through a dry brush to a homeless camp on Going Street.
“So it looks like homeless people used the wire all the way to the top of the utility pole,” McFarlane told KOIN6 News.
She said some wires were exposed and taped along with duct tape. She is worried that one spark could ignite the entire region. She reported the issue to PGE and said she had disconnected the illegal wiring on July 14th and last Monday.
McFarlane said he had removed a ladder near the utility pole. KOIN 6 News discovered more electrical cords than another ladder on Friday — and Macfarlane believes they will try to steal electricity again.
“I wish I had a solution,” she said. “I know it’s everywhere. I don’t know what the city will be, but this particular camp was a big problem for many Overlook neighbors.”
PGE officials say they sometimes see attempts to access power this way and agree that it is extremely dangerous and perhaps fatal.
Anyone who sees this kind of problem can report it to PGE at 800.962.8184
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