Lightning sparks electrical outages

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East Gate businesses go without power all day and Sycamore residents during the early evening Monday

By Carol A. Clark

It took more than 12 hours for Department of Public Utilities crews to locate a line fault, which left up to 20 businesses in East Gate Park in the dark Monday.

“We were able to do some of the more routine things here but we had to postpone all of our animal surgeries,” said Dr. Robert Fuselier of the Los Alamos Animal Clinic at 127-B East Gate Dr. “Also, our phone system runs on electricity so we were without service all day. We want our clients to know we weren’t ignoring them – we just didn’t have any service during the power outage.”

The DPU said that an underground line fault caused the extended outage from 3:55 a.m. until 4:48 p.m. for customers in the East Gate commercial area. A failed underground power line inside the conduit on a radial line was to blame.

The outage was not detected until later in the day, as investigative patrols and back-feed activities took place, according to the DPU.  

The failed line initially affected Pajarito Cliffs, which has a new underground system; East Gate Park, which has an old underground system and the old overhead system at San Ildelfonso.

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