$75,000 Dedicated to Clackamas County; $225,000 total for Storm Recovery
The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners requested an update from Portland General Electric CEO Maria Pope at their business meeting today regarding the recent winter storm power outages and restoration efforts. Pope appeared for 45 minutes giving an overview of PGE’s response efforts and committed $75,000 in funding from PGE and the PGE Foundation to nonprofits in Clackamas County who are serving the most vulnerable. PGE and the County will work together to get funds to the places where there is the most need.
Pope thanked the County for its partnership noting that Clackamas County was the hardest hit area of the recent storm, and needed emergency response from all partners in the community. Of the 420,000 customers who needed their power restored, 144,000 were Clackamas residents. All of those folks lost power and over 96,000 experienced multiple outages. As of today’s date, Pope noted 500 outages were still being addressed by ground crews who have come from as far away as Montana and Southern California.
Clackamas County Chair Tootie Smith said, “PGE is an outstanding community partner to Clackamas County and has proven that again today. They heard us and pledged not only to help our most vulnerable neighbors with services but to meet with us on a monthly basis to strengthen our response to future disruptive events and create better safeguards in our systems.”
Pope said this winter storm event required the largest restoration effort in PGE’s history and that Clackamas County was at the epicenter of the damage caused by an ice and wind combination that devastated the area. Pope said overall PGE and the PGE Foundation would provide a total of $225,000 to help communities with storm recovery, with $75,000 dedicated to Clackamas County. PGE will also help people hardest hit by COVID-19, wildfires and the winter storm through existing bill assistance programs. For more information on bill assistance programs, call PGE customer service at 503-228-6322 or 800-542-8818, or visit PGE’s website.