LPEA Power Outages
Indiana Reed | 1/7/08
As of 7pm Sunday night, La Plata Electric Association reported that crews are continuing to work through the night to resolve power outages in the area. Spot outages remain throughout the area, and one-man crews are moving throughout La Plata and Archuleta Counties, attending to the single outages notifications that have been called in to the cooperative.

A warming center has now been established at the Community Center in Pagosa Springs, joining those set up at the La Plata County Fairgrounds and Bayfield High School. Even though crews are making progress, LPEA officials are erring on the side of caution and suggesting that those customers who are currently out of power make provisions to be warm through the night. Power may be restored, but given the conditions and extensive damage, nothing can be guaranteed, and power may not be restored until tomorrow (Monday).

In Durango, the 250 customers in the old Mercy Hospital area have regained power, as have those customers west of Bayfield to CR223 as the downed lines were discovered in Gem Village. Bayfield customers west of the Pine River along CR505 remain out of power.

In Forest Lakes, LPEA currently has a tree crew working the community. As Forest Lakes is heavily wooded, tree damage to electrical lines has been extensive. Currently parts of Forest Lakes are restored, but until all the downed trees are discovered and damage repaired, some customers will remain out of power.

In Pagosa, LPEA crews are patrolling CR400 (Four Mile Road) and CR200 (Snowball Road) but the faults are at this time yet unknown. Crews are currently working on the fault at Piedra 151 west of Pagosa proper.

In Hesperus, Trappers Crossing and the Dry Side, LPEA crews are in the area attempting to restore power to customers. They are also working on outages in Ignacio, south to Arboles.

LPEA crews will be working through the night to address existing spot outages – or any additional large occurrences that may occur. Further information will be disseminated as it becomes available.

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