Schools cancel classes after upper Rogue power outage

A lengthy power outage across northern Jackson County left thousands in the dark Monday and forced the cancellation of classes at two schools.

Failure of a power transmission line cut electricity to 7,251 customers in the Shady Cove, Prospect and Sams Valley areas at 5:07 a.m., Pacific Power reported.

By rerouting electricity, the utility was able to restore service to about half those customers by 7:30 a.m. Crews continued to bring homes and businesses back online, but didn't get power returned to all the affected customers until 12:42 p.m. Monday.

Notified by mid-morning that electrical service would be out until early afternoon, Eagle Point School District officials canceled classes at Shady Cove and Elk Trail schools, which were left without heat, water and sanitation services, a message on the district's website said.

School staff contacted parents prior to the 10 a.m. cancellation to verify whether students would have a place to go when released from school. Schools only released students whose parents had been notified. Buses left Elk Trail at 10 a.m. and Shady Cove at 10:10 a.m.

Students whose parents couldn't be reached were kept at school, officials said. Teachers remained at both schools to supervise students, and regular afternoon bus routes ran as usual.

Although electricity was restored across the county by early afternoon, a second power outage hit about two dozen customers in Prospect, who were left in the dark Monday evening, a Pacific Power spokesman reported.

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