(KOIN) – For the second time in less than a week, a squirrel is responsible for a power outage that has left thousands of PGE customers without electricity.
According to a PGE spokesperson, the latest power outage occurred at about 7:40 a.m. Monday after a squirrel got into a substation near Southeast Sherman Street and 174th Avenue.
According to PGE's website, 9,134 Multnomah County customers were without electricity as of 9:15 a.m. About 7,000 of those were in the Southeast Portland area, and 1,200 in Gresham.
Crews were working to repair the issue. Power was expected to be restored by about 10 a.m.
Last week, a squirrel got into a substation in the Gladstone area, knocking out power to about 5,000 people. On Sunday evening, an outage issue at a Beaverton substation left more than 7,000 people in the dark.
The record-setting cold temperatures continues to grip Oregon, freezing and bursting pipes, keeping cars from starting and forcing administrators to announce closures on Sunday.
Citing nearly a foot of snow and frigid temperatures, officials from Oregon State University announced their main campus will be closed on Monday -- even though it is the first day of finals week.
A Multnomah County deputy who stopped on the Fremont Bridge to help a disabled motorist was injured when a car lost control on an icy spot and hit the guard rail.
Police cars were damaged in two separate incidents when drivers ran into them, one by a suspected drunk driver, the other by a man fleeing in stolen car.