Xcel Energy: Power restoration could be extended until Monday

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By journalsofus.com

Xcel Energy stated at 11 a.m. Sunday that turning power back on after the overnight windstorm could extend into Monday for some residents of Colorado’s Front Range.

The company stated that there were 55,000 customers whose power was deliberately shut off by the company on Saturday afternoon during the state’s first public safety power outage, along with another 100,000 who were accidentally left without power due to damage caused ​​by a storm on the local power grid.

On Saturday, Xcel said those 55,000 customers would be without power in six Front Range counties to reduce the risk of wildfires that could be caused by downed power lines. Xcel began notifying customers four hours before the planned outage.

At a Saturday news conference, Xcel Colorado President Robert Kenney described how the company would organize about 40 crews to begin visually examining power lines before re-energizing them on Sunday. Power was expected to be fully restored on Sunday.

The change in estimated restoration time means some customers could spend a second day without power.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, the outages were still affecting more than 136,000 Xcel customers, according to the company’s report. cuts map.

Farther north, Poudre Valley REA, which did not voluntarily shut off power, was reacting to system damage with several crews Sunday. The number of cuts had fallen below 9,000 at 10:30 a.m.

Southwest of the Denver metropolitan area, CORE Electric Cooperative had nearly 12,000 customers. without electricity starting at 9 a.m. Sunday. His crews were concentrated in the Conifer area.

A small fire started Saturday night in the hills. It was located near the intersection of Big Elk Meadows Road and Highway 36. This forced the closure of Highway 36 between Lyons and Estes Park. Called the Moose Fire, the fire never spread to more than two acres and hot spots are being eliminated Sunday, according to a social media post by the US Forest Service

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