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Weather turns out the lights

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Some La Plata Electric Association customers may have celebrated Mother’s Day by candlelight this year after losing power for about an hour.

Stormy weather is believed to be the culprit in an electrical outage that knocked out power to 2,538 LPEA customers in the Bayfield and Pine River Valley area at 2:44 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release issued Sunday by the electric cooperative.

A transmission line that feeds LPEA’s Pine Valley substation locked open, cutting the power, the release said.

About 3:30 p.m., LPEA crews that were patrolling the line discovered the downed transmission line.

Crews were able to restore power to most of the customers affected by the outage by 3:50 p.m. However, some isolated outages were still being reported around 4 p.m. by customers in the Vallecito area, the release said.

These isolated outages were likely weather-related, but seemed to be unrelated to the original downed transmission line, the release said.

scook@durangoherald.com

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