Thousands of Umatilla Electric Cooperative and Hermiston Energy Services customers lost power Tuesday afternoon after a loss of service at UEC’s McNary point of delivery for wholesale power.

The outage took place at about 4:30 p.m. and affected Hermiston, Umatilla and surrounding areas served by a total of six substations. According to UEC, power was restored to a portion of the affected area by 4:45 p.m. while crews continued to work to restore power to the rest of the area.

The outage was quickly followed by at least one car crash in Hermiston at the intersection of Northeast Fourth Street and Main Street.

If traffic signals are not working during a power outage intersections should be treated as four-way stops, with all vehicles coming to a stop and then taking turns crossing the intersection in the order they arrived.

UEC customers can call 888-465-5701 at any time to report an outage.

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