University Park area sees day long power outage

By Austin De Dios and Gabi DiPaulo | November 14, 2020 8:35pm

Screenshot of PGE power outage map on Nov. 14.

Regions of University Park and the University of Portland were without power for most of the day and had power restored at around 5:00 p.m. The Portland General Electric website at first attributed the outages in the 97203 area code to a vehicle accident, but now says there are multiple causes. They originally estimated that the power would be back by 10:30 p.m. tonight. 

UP lost power in Fields, Schoenfeldt and Haggerty and Tyson Halls according to an email sent by Assistant Hall Director for Haggerty and Tyson Jessica Navlet. These buildings are where all on-campus students are staying. The outage began at 10 a.m., and was originally expected to end at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., a few hours later than it was actually reactivated. 

Navlet encouraged on-campus students to conserve power with shorter showers and keeping windows and refrigerator doors shut as much as possible. 

Bon App was operating as normal, but stoves, ovens and microwaves in apartments and hall kitchens were not working. East campus kept their power, and Pilot House and the Quiet Side of the Commons were open for students to charge their devices and study. Students were reminded to wear their masks and distance in those areas. 

These outages are in addition to the storm that stripped power from thousands of homes in the Portland area yesterday.

Austin De Dios is the News and Managing Editor of The Beacon. He can be reached at

Gabi DiPaulo is the Editor-in-Chief of The Beacon. She can be reached at