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Power outage Wednesday night impacts portions of North Mesa

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A power outage left scores of residents in the dark and shivering on one of the coldest nights of the season so far in the North Mesa area Wednesday night.

The outage began around 6:30 p.m. in the neighborhoods in and around Del Norte and eastward to Tsikimu Village. According to Internet postings by Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials, the rest of North Mesa was unaffected.

DPU crews apparently encountered difficulties in isolating the problem which took hours to resolve.

"North Mesa power outage between Del Norte and Tsikimu Village persists as DPU's electric linemen continue patrolling and testing for underground line faults in the near 0 degree darkness," a Facebook posting noted about 10 p.m.

A subsequent posting shortly after midnight indicated that power had been restored to all customers and that permanent repairs would be undertaken Thursday.

However, one North Mesa resident said that the power restoration around midnight was only momentary and that electricity did not come back on at his home until about 2 a.m.

In an unrelated outage, Comcasat cable customers in the Los Alamos area lost service about 2 a.m. Thursday for what an automated message said were "system updates" being made. Cable service was not restored until shortly before 5:30 this morning.

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