Power restored in White Rock

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By The Staff

The power was restored in White Rock at 6:53 p.m. Wednesday after more than four hours. The Public Service Company of New Mexico and The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities determined the cause of the outage to be a lightning strike that hit a building within the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“We had to coordinate with LANL and PNM to get the system back up," DPU Spokesperson Julie Williams-Hill said. Earlier in the day, PNM and LANL thought there may have been a break in a transmission line outside of the county’s power grid.

White Rock experienced a total power failure at 2:30 p.m. At 4 p.m., the county set up portable generators at the major intersections in White Rock to handle the traffic from the 5 p.m. commute.

Williams-Hill thanked the utility companies involved in finding the source of the problem. “Thank you PNM, LANL and all our customers in White Rock,” Williams-Hill said in an update on the DPU's Facebook page.