Columbia Gorge business owners brace for power outages

Corbett Ore. (KPTV) – Communities in the Columbia River Gorge are facing public safety power outages and some areas have already lost power. Others are still bracing for a possible closure.

Portland General Electric customers in Corbett are currently without power. The Corbett Fire Station at 36930 East Historic Columbia River Highway is offering ice, water and a place to charge batteries and medical devices.

Down the road, Multnomah Lodge and Cascade Locks have power, but customers are warned it may not last.

Michelle Sobasky, owner of Thirsty Coffee Bar in Cascade Locks, said losing power even for a day or two would be devastating for her and many other local businesses. He will lose both sales and material during the shutdown.

“Most of it will be milk,” Sobasky said. “And will be a total loss.”

But Sobasky said the fire will get worse and he’s more worried about losing his home or the gorge.

“I think fire is one of the things we fear the most,” Sobasky said. “I think we all still have a lot of PTSD from it.”

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