Officials did not have an estimate as of late Friday as to when power will be restored to about 770 residents in the Klamath area but said crews were working to repair a damaged transmission line in a remote area east of U.S. 101.

Customers lost power about 1 p.m. Thursday at the height of a winter rainstorm.

Pacific Power Spokesman Tom Gauntt said crews spent many hours been trying to isolate the cause, searching in the rugged areas near Wilson Creek in the dark and in the daylight. Since the weather had been too hazardous for helicopter, crews had to search for the outage on foot.

Gaunt said the affected area is around Trees of Mystery to the mouth of the Klamath River.

As of Friday afternoon, a large generator was being brought in to provide power to 60 to 70 percent of residents there, Gaunt said.

“It’s a big generator on a tractor-trailer. We’ll basically bring it in, park it next to a substation and plug it in.”

As of press time Friday, crews were getting closer to restoring power.

“If all goes as planned, later this evening crews will begin switching power back to the transmission source for a full restoration when the line is repaired and operable,” Gauntt said in an email Friday afternoon. “It is possible during this switch over, short outages may occur in the area.”

He said the county and the Yurok Tribe had been doing outreach Friday to keep residents up to date on the outage.

To view a map of outages in the area, go to https://www.pacificpower.net/ed/po/com.html class="Apple-converted-space">

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