Power is back on in Camas-Washougal

Outage impacts 14,325 customers

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Failed traffic lights, including the one at the intersection of Northeast Third Avenue and Garfield Street in Camas, caused headaches for motorists on Monday evening. The power outage lasted about two hours and impacted approximately 14,000 people in Camas and Washougal. Police were stationed at several of the major intersections.

The power is back on following an outage that impacted thousands of local residents on Monday.

At approximately 4:48 p.m., power was knocked out to an estimated 14,325 customers in Camas and Washougal, according to Clark Public Utilities. A transmission feed located between Bonneville Power Administration and Clark Public Utilities was lost.

In addition to homes and business that went black, traffic lights in the area failed as well. Police put out flares and traffic cones, and patrol cars were stationed at several of the major intersections.

Many local businesses and restaurants also closed early, due to the outage.

Power began being restored just after 7 p.m.

The outage came following a bout of wild weather.

According to Steve Pierce, president of the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, a combination of cold upper level air and warm spring daytime heating set off thunderstorms across the Portland/Vancouver metro area Monday.

The low pressure system is expected to move east today, he said, and be replaced with a ridge of high pressure on Wednesday and a return to warmer temperatures.