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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.

The DPU is funded by rates paid for electric, gas, water and wastewater services and auxiliary fees and has provided the community with these services for more than 40 years. Established under Article 5 of the 1968 Charter for the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, the DPU provides payments to Los Alamos County in lieu of the franchise fees and taxes that would normally be assessed against a privately owned utility. In 2008, the DPU added provision of centralized customer service for the county to its service offerings. DPU’s

administrative offices have moved to 150 and 170 Central Park Square.

Dial 311 or 505-662-8333 or e-mail 311@lacnm.us to reach the 311Customer Care Center of Los Alamos County that handles all Utilities and countywide information requests.