Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Power outage affects 7,000 residences

Damaged line shuts off lights in widespread area


By GREG STAHL
Express Staff Writer

The lights were off for about four hours Monday afternoon, Jan. 14, in a widespread area including Hailey, Bellevue, Carey, Picabo and Richfield.

Idaho Power Co. reported that the power was off in certain locations from 3:55 p.m. through around 8 p.m. Some areas had power restored earlier than others, but at its peak, 7,000 customers were without electricity, said Idaho Power spokesperson Anne Alenskis.

The outage was due to a broken shield wire on a transmission line between Silver Street in Hailey and the Hailey substations. Crews isolated the damaged line and made repairs.

"The reason it took a while to restore the power was because of the cold weather," Alenskis said. "It requires a strategic process to restore the power in sections, especially in cold weather."

Alenskis pointed out that crews were out right away, and with safety in mind.




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