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Bad line causes morning power outage

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By The Staff

This morning's townsite-wide power outage appeared to be due to a bad line in the downtown area, a Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities spokesperson said.

Allison Majure of the DPU said the underground line, located near Deacon and 20th Street, appeared to have failed at approximately 5:45 a.m. The line, connected to the county's No. 15 circuit, which sends power to the North Community area, failed at that time. The resulting failure created a "domino effect" which took down power to most of Los Alamos.

County workers went underground this morning to check on the status of the suspected faulty line and conduct repairs. DPU had few other details about the outage this morning.

Because the lines are buried, Majure said, it's hard for the county to know when a line has been potentially compromised.

"When they suffer damage, we don't know until the line fails," she said.

Partial power was restored in approximately 30 minutes to sections of the townsite, while most of the rest of Los Alamos had its power restored around 7:15 a.m. Aspen and Mountain Elementary Schools and their surrounding areas were the last to have power restored, although both reported that electricity came back on by the start of the school day.