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December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
LPEA: Storm Worst in 15 Years!
(2007-12-10)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: An unusual set of circuimstances are being blamed for a series of power outages that plagued portions of LaPlata and Archuleta County's over the weekend, the likes of which one LPEA official says they haven't seen in 15 years.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: At one point over a 54-hour period from midday Friday to Sunday, 18-thousand 250 LPEA customers were without power.
All of Archuleta County's 93-hundred LPEA customers went dark Friday, when a snow laden power pole guy wire snapped, and recoiled itself around some main lines, causing the general outage.
30-LPEA crewmembers literally had to walk a six mile stretch of line in the growing storm to locate the problem.
LPEA had 62 other incidents, ranging from three cases of broken poles to trees falling across lines and power lines breaking to 55 cases of snow eventually dropping off lines causing them to recoil and wrap around other lines, causing outages.
LPEA's Manager of Operations, Steve Gregg, says all customers are back online.
He says it's the worst LPEA's been hit in some time.
GREGG: BACK IN AROUND 1992-93, WE HAD THE SAME THING HAPPEN, ONLY WE GOT A LOT MORE SNOW OUT OF IT, BUT IT WAS THE SAME COMBINATION OF VERY VERY WET SNOW, THAT IT WOULD ACTUALLY LOAD UP OR STICK TO THE WIRES, PULL THEM DOWN OR BREAK THINGS IN THAT FASHION.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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