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Power outage continues near Trinidad, Walsenburg

Power outage continues in Huerfano,...

Update

As of Monday Morning, the San Isabel Electric Association reports 1,100 of its members remain without power. There is no estimate on when service will be fully restored.

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HUERFANO AND LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES, Colo. - Hundreds of southern Colorado residents face a fourth day without electricity after Friday's intense storm caused a widespread power outage.

On Sunday, the San Isabel Electric Association said it had reduced the number of customers without power from 3,000 to 1,600 in communities surrounding Trinidad and Walsenburg.

The utility said the storm's strong winds knocked down at least 150 power poles and broke many crossarms --  pieces of wood that support wires attached to the poles.

Muddy ground from melting snow is slowing repair efforts, the utility said.

The town of Gardner, about 30 miles northwest of Walsenburg, had its power restored Saturday night.

Ralph Price, a Gardner resident, said the town has a population of 200.

"All the security lights went out and everything was just black," he said.  "We used candles and a kerosene lamp for lighting.  Since we didn't know how long the power would be out, we drove 40 miles to Westcliffe to get ice and bottled water.  We were pretty well-equipped."

San Isabel Electric hopes to have power restored to all affected customers by Monday night.

The storm is the second this year to cause extensive damage to utility equipment.  A windstorm in January also resulted in heavy damage.


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