Friday, October 27, 2006

Power outage leaves 500 Hailey residents in dark

Express Staff Writer

About 500 residents of Hailey's Woodside neighborhood were left in the dark the night of Tuesday, Oct. 24.

An Idaho Power equipment failure in northern Woodside led to the approximately 9 p.m. power outage, which lasted for several hours for some.

"I live in Deerfield, and it was a blip at my house, but it was a major outage for about 500 residents," said Idaho Power Area Leader Jim Bell.

Initially, the power outage affected some 2,300 Woodside residents, Bell said, but for most of those people the outage only lasted about 30 seconds.

"We were able to narrow (the longer outage) down to 500 customers or so," Bell said. "Unfortunately those customers were off for several hours."

Several reports from residents in the area suggest the outage may have lasted for as long as five hours in some areas.

Bell said the power outage was due to a "termination" in a "device," what electricity gurus call a "sector."

For the rest of us, that means the lights went out.

"We replaced the bad terminator," Bell said.

For the rest of us, that means the lights came back on.

Bell said such an equipment failure is not very common.

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