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High winds impacting Los Alamos

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Power outage in Western area, NM 4 shut down

By The Staff

UPDATE 9:52am Thursday: New Mexico Department of Transportation advised Los Alamos County Thursday at about 10 a.m. that State Road 4 from the NM 501 (West Jemez) intersection west to La Cueva woul remain closed until New Mexico State Police determined it was safe to reopen the road.

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NM-DOT was expected to send crews into the Jemez Mountains Thursday to continue working on clearing the fallen trees and to plow roads, the county said in a release. The county was expected to update the public as soon as the road was reopened.

Camp May Road was open. The public was asked to watch for utility crews, as they worked to restore power to the Ski Hill. The public was also asked to continue to use caution as they traveled through the county and to watch for fallen trees and icy conditions.

Update:  Wednesday 7:47 p.m. The Department of Utilities is reporting a power outage in the Western Area. Power is expected to come back around 5 p.m., except for 44th and 45th Streets. Crews are still clearing trees from those two streets. After that, crews will investigate the outage affecting Fairway Drive.

The Urban Drive neighborhood is expected to get power back by 7:30 p.m. The power outage on Sycamore Street is still being investigated. The Department of Public Utilities is investigating a possible power outage on Elkridge. Crews will investigate once Western Area and Sycamore are fully restored. The Pajarito Ski Hill isn't expected to get power back until Thursday.

Update: (NM 4 CLosure) NM 4 at West Jemez Road to mile marker 126 is closed due to large trees down in the roadway. Another update will folllow.

According to county officials, access eastbound on SR4 at West Jemez Rd at the back gate remains open to Bandelier and White Rock. LAPD successfully extracted several motorists on SR4 earlier today when multiple tree-fall events occurred, clearing a path to trapped cars that were traveling on the highway.

The county roads department has closed State Road 4 in both directions (the back gate) because of falling trees caused by high winds.

The Los Alamos Police Department is also advising motorists to not drive on roads that are adjacent to large trees, especially those areas near densely forested lands such as Camp May Road, West Jemez Road NM 502 and NM 501.

The National Weather Service is reporting wind gusts in the area as high as 40 miles an hour.

Keep checking back to the Los Alamos Monitor for more details.

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