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cel officials suspect faulty part in late-evening power outage

Abigail Eagye

SUMMIT COUNTY – A brief power outage Thursday night affected several Summit County towns, but authorities reported no major accidents as a result.

According to cel Energy spokesman Steve Rolstad, a piece of equipment called a “recloser” failed around 8:15 p.m., resulting in a temporary power failure in parts of Summit County.

The recloser “is designed to protect the system – kind of like a fuse,” Rolstad said.

According to Rolstad, cel dispatched a crew to reroute power as necessary and replace the part.

“If they have to, they’ll work all night,” he said.

At 9 p.m. Silverthorne police were reporting all power had been restored, but that could not be confirmed at press time.

Rolstad did not know how many customers were affected by the power outage, but Silverthorne Police Officer Britt Dinsmore said the power went out in all of Wildernest and in patchy areas in Silverthorne, Dillon and Frisco. Neither police nor cel were certain if more areas were affected.

“It was kind of messy there for a while – nothing too horrible, just lots of cars trying to get through S intersections.”

Although several stoplights failed, Summit County dispatch had received no reports of accidents by 9 p.m. Thursday.

Summit County dispatchers said at least 10 people called 911 to report the power outage. Employees there stressed that such outages are not an emergency, and the public is asked not overload dispatch lines unless there is a medical emergency, such as a ventilator failure. Members of the public should, instead, report the power outage directly to cel.

The 24-hour emergency number for cel is (800) 895-1999.


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