Fault in line leaves residents in the dark

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4,150 utility customers were without power for up to three hours

By Kirsten Laskey

A fault in an underground power line near the Community Building resulted in 4,150 utility customers to losing electricity Wednesday morning.
The power outage started at 5:13 a.m. Wednesday. In a press release, Los Alamos Public Utilities Department Utility Manager John Arrowsmith said, “Although the root cause of this outage was an underground line fault, incorrect settings on protective devices multiplied the effects. The DPU has a plan in place to replace critical underground infrastructure at the fault area and is working on protocols to ensure that our protective devices are coordinated.”
Allison Scott Majure of the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) said linemen working at the DPU/Los Alamos National Laboratory substation at TA-3 restored power to Barranca Mesa and North Mesa by 5:40 a.m.
Work had to be halted while LANL went through its protocols in regards to the outage, Scott Majure said.
At 7:15 a.m., she said that power was restored in the downtown area as well as the western area. Finally, power was restored to all of the North Community by 8:40 a.m.

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