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Weather causes power outage

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By Special to the Monitor

Businesses east of, and including Los Alamos County’s new Airport Basin facilities, were without power Friday afternoon for a little more than 30 minutes.  

Lightning strikes associated with a sudden winter storm are the suspected cause for a breaker at the LANL EA4 substation to open around 2 p.m. Linemen with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU)  backfed the area with another circuit and restored power by 2:35 p.m.

Affected DPU customers included the new Holiday Inn Express, De Colores Restaurant, Airport Basin, Eastgate Park and KSL customer Totavi Gas Station.  

The DPU operates the county-owned electric, gas, water and wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities. The Board meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month and the public is always welcome.


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