Power outages affecting horses after winter storm

A barn in Pleasant Hill is suffering on day 7 without power.

Posted: Mar. 3, 2019 5:24 PM
Updated: Mar. 4, 2019 12:30 PM

PLEASANT HILL, Ore. -- EPUD reports that they still have 2,000 customers out of power, but those numbers might only account for people.

In Pleasant Hill, 55 horses are without power in a barn which becomes an issue when the water source requires electricity to pump water to them.

Lindsey Fowler, a woman who houses horses there, said her and others are trucking barrels of water to the barn from town every day just to take care of the animals.  

“All the other houses on this road have power. The only building on this road without power is the one with 50 animals inside it,” Fowler said. 

The barn has been without water since Monday. 

Even in their suffering, the barn has taken in more horses whose barn was destroyed by the storm. 

Rhea Turner said 211 feet of roof fell in on her barn and that since she hosts lessons there, her business is suffering, 

“We’re here because there’s a place to get (horses) out and work horses. My business revolves around giving lessons and getting horses worked,” said Turner.

Kyle Roadman with EPUD says that they are very thankful for the community's patience and they are workig as fast as they can to restore total power to their customers. 

"I think the thing that's different about this storm is the sheer amount of scope and the damage. Our mission is to get the most bang for our buck when it comes to the most number of people in the quickest amount of time possible," Roadman said.

He says customers should expect power restored in 4 to 5 days. 

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