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Power outage closes three Sunnyside schools

Several students in the Sunnyside School District received an unexpected holiday today, Tuesday, when power outages closed Sierra Vista Middle School along with Sun Valley and Outlook elementary schools.

The power outage happened when a power line went down at the north end of Scoon Road at about 4 a.m. today. At one point, it left 1,685 customers in north Sunnyside in the dark, according to Jan Mitchell of Pacific Power.

As of 10:33 a.m. today, Mitchell said power had been restored to all of Sunnyside.

School district spokesperson Curtis Campbell said there was some confusion this morning as at one point Pacific Power told the district power would be back to the schools by 7 a.m.

When that didn't happen, the decision was made to cancel school in the three buildings. However, Campbell noted that some students had already arrived at the schools because of the late notice. Those students whose parents couldn't pick them up remained at school, he said.

"It was obviously pretty late notice and we did have kids at schools," he said. "We didn't want to send them home to empty houses, so we've kept them there and providing activities and food for them."

Sunnyside was not the only place to lose power this morning as, according to Mitchell, Pacific Power reported power outages as far south as Grants Pass.

Elsewhere in the Lower Valley, 1,519 customers lost power just after 6 a.m. today in Granger.

The Granger outage, she added, was caused by equipment malfunction. It's not believed to be related to the Sunnyside outage.

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