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Douglas County Still Getting Electricity Restored After Winter Storm

<p>Worker for Christiansen Electric, replaces regular streetlight bulb with new LED bulb.</p>

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Worker for Christiansen Electric, replaces regular streetlight bulb with new LED bulb.

Douglas County is still in the process of recovering from widespread power outages after a winter storm hit the region late last month.

At the peak of the outage, more than 9,000 Douglas Electric Cooperative members were without electricity. 

As of Tuesday, the outages were almost all resolved, but crews are still working, said Todd Munsey with Douglas Electric. 

"We have 153 members still out, which represents 1.7 percent of our service territory," Munsey said. "Which is a lot better than 100 percent, which is where we started three weeks ago."

Munsey said he hopes for crews to be done restoring the remaining outages on Tuesday. 

Most of those remaining outages are near Upper Smith River, Loon Lake and Territorial Highway.

Since the storm, the utility has installed over 50 miles of new power line and replaced more than 250 broken poles. 

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Meerah Powell is a general assignment and breaking news reporter for OPB. She previously worked as a news reporter and podcast producer for Eugene Weekly in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. Along with writing and audio work, Meerah also has experience with photography and videography. She graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication.