Power outages plague households

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By Jennifer Garcia

A fault in a direct-bury cable caused an 8-hour power outage north of Myrtle Street to the Pueblo Canyon rim early Sunday morning, Los Alamos County’s Department of Public Utilities said in a press release Tuesday.

Power was out in the area from 1:30-9:30 a.m. Sunday, which affected roughly 85 households.

Another two outages occurred just after noon Monday, which affected 40 customers at Royal Crest Mobile Home Park. Power was out to those customers for 23 minutes.

Also Monday, 12 business customers in the East Gate area lost power for two hours with an outage starting at approximately 3 p.m.

Sunday’s outage was more extensive than Monday’s two outages.

In that outage, problems occurred with the electric line located in close proximity to a live electric line and a natural gas line. Department of Public Utilities electric linemen were required to dig by hand, rather than use a back hoe, to locate and expose the fault.  

Crews dug throughout the early morning until the line was made accessible. The county’s DPU electric linemen made repairs restoring power by 9:30 a.m.

A bird was the cause of the Royal Crest outage at 12:19 p.m. Monday, while a fault on an overhead line on Los Alamos National Laboratory’s equipment affected East Gate businesses.

DPU linemen restored power by 12:43 p.m. to Royal Crest and LANL contractor KSL restored power by 5 p.m. to East Gate.

DPU operates the county-owned electric, gas, water and wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities.

The board, which usually meets the third Wednesday of each month, will hold its September meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

DPU’s administrative offices are at 901 Trinity Drive, 2nd Floor. Dial 311 or 505-662-8333 or e-mail 311@lacnm.us to reach the DPU.

 at the Customer Care Center.