Officials still determining cause of power outage

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Problem originated in LANL power grid

By The Staff

Something happened in the power grid of the Los Alamos National Laboratory that caused an hour-long blackout of most areas of town Saturday afternoon, according to Los Alamos County Public Utilities.

The blackout happened around 2:30 p.m., and lasted until about 3:30, according to DPU spokesperson Julie Williams-Hill. It’s still not known what caused the power outage.

“Our crews responded and restored power around 3:20 p.m.,” Williams-Hill said, adding that the problem occurred to one of the two main power lines coming into town.

Though power is restored, the problem itself still isn’t resolved. According to Williams-Hill, LANL’s electrical crews are still trying to determine what happened.

“What our crews did is just move everyone to another circuit,” she said.

Areas affected by the blackout include North Mesa, Barranca Mesa as well as the downtown area, heading east.

“Until we know what the problem is with the line, we don’t want to turn it back on,” she added.