‘Major’ gas leak in NW Portland prompts evacuation

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Powell's closes downtown store following leak

Portland Police responded to reports of a natural gas leak in the area of Northwest 10th Avenue and Northwest Couch on February 16, 2021 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Emergency crews responded to a “major” natural gas leak in Northwest Portland early Tuesday.

Just after 7:15 a.m. Portland Fire & Rescue dispatched firefighters to the area near NW 8th and NW 11th Avenue between Burnside Street and Davis Street. The public has been told to avoid the area.

Power was shut off for a portion of the area all the way up to Jefferson Street around 10 am. Pacific Power said 2,400 customers were affected while they did repairs, and power was restored by the afternoon for most of them.

Powell’s Books subsequently closed its downtown store.

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