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PGE contractors repair a transformer box on a power pole in Portland on Tuesday, Feb. 15. This month’s snow and ice storms knocked out power for 340,000 customers in Oregon.

More than 24,000 customers were still without power in northwest Oregon on Monday, 10 days after a series of powerful ice storms walloped utilities across the region.

The majority of the outages were in Clackamas County, where more than 8,700 people were still in the dark Monday. Marion County accounted for another 7,800 outages with the rest scattered among Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill counties.

Portland General Electric had said last week that it hoped to have power restored to all but 15,000 customers by Friday night. But officials with the utility said that, as crews have surveyed the damage, the estimates for restoration for lengthened.

Nearly half of PGE’s customers, more than 420,000, were impacted by outages during these storms, PGE President Maria Pope said Monday.

Crews are in the last phases of slow work that only restores power to about 10 customers at a time, she said.

“Ongoing wind as well as ice and tree damage continue to impact our system’s wires and poles, making restoration very challenging,” Pope said in a news conference. “We continue to make progress to get your power back on, but not as quickly as we all would like.”

PGE said that up to a quarter of the customers who lost power have had multiple outages, meaning crews had to return to some areas to complete work twice. In some areas, downed trees have impeded crews’ access to downed lines and substations.

Over the weekend, crews of National Guard members began conducting wellness checks and delivering supplies, according to county officials.

Small teams went door-to-door to to check on residents identified as being high-risk — including older adults, homebound people and those who are medically fragile and have been without electricity, and delivered supplies to those who have been stuck at home.

Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.

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