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Power restored from Tuesday storm
4/17/2013 By: Times staff report
This came in Tuesday night from LPEA:
Trees and limbs blown down through electrical lines were the cause of a number of electrical outages across La Plata Electric Association’s service territory on Tuesday afternoon, April 16. Incidents began at about 3:30 p.m. and almost all of the approximately 1,000 affected customers had been restored by 6 p.m.
The largest outage occurred in the Forest Lakes area of Bayfield at 3:28 p.m., affecting 739 LPEA customers. As crews isolated the outage, power was restored to all except four customers by 5:05 p.m. The final four are affected by a damaged pole and cross arm. Crews are on site.
In the Turtle Lake/CR 204 area, 183 LPEA customers lost power at 3:39 p.m. due to a tree on the line. Again, the outage was isolated and most were returned to power within the hour with the remaining 23 customers directly affected by the damage restored to power at 4:57 p.m.
In the North Vallecito area, CR 501, 57 customers remain out of power at this writing, a result of a downed pole and wires at 4:03 p.m. Crews are on site and affecting repairs.
"It's because of days like today that we keep up our tree trimming program," said Steve Gregg, LPEA manager of operations. "It's not always popular, but weak and dying trees, as well as trees that have grown too close to power lines can most definitely impact the electrical system when we have strong winds. Damage could have been much worse."
Wednesday's weather forecast calls for a 60% chance of rain or snow and high of 44. That falls to a 30% chance of snow tonight and low of 19, then sunny and 44 on Thursday, warming up to 57 on Friday.