Power failure affects 1,200 Friday
FRISCO – The power blinked out in parts of Summit County Friday night and remained off for more than an hour, disrupting restaurant happy hours and knocking out traffic lights.At 5:22 p.m., an equipment failure at the Frisco substation caused power outages here and in parts of Dillon and Silverthorne. Electricity remained off for about an hour and 20 minutes. Service resumed at 6:41 p.m.The failure affected about 1,200 customers, said Xcel Energy spokesman Mark Stutz.The outage affected sensitive facilities such as Summit Medical Center and the Summit County Communications Center, which houses 911 dispatchers. The power interruption was only momentary, however, as both buildings are equipped with back-up power generators.The black-out also nearly caused the cancellation of Summit High School’s men’s basketball game versus Evergreen. Athletic director Gretchen Nies said students and parents were plunged into darkness and waited patiently for the lights to come back on. The freshmen and junior varsity games were scrapped, and Evergreen’s varsity team and coaches had left the building and boarded the buses when, two minutes later, the power came on.”We had already called it and rescheduled it for Saturday,” Nies said Friday night. “Then the lights came back on and we had to call and see if they’d come back.”The game started an hour late, and local parents and fans applauded the Evergreen fans and players who returned after the fiasco, only to see their team lose to the Tigers.KYSL Radio news director Patrick Quinn was in his garage when the power went out. “I thought a bulb burned out,” he said.Krystal Radio’s transmission went dead with the outage. Quinn said that didn’t stop listeners from calling the station, hoping to find out what was happening.”People assume you know what’s going on,” Quinn said. “The sheriff called me and asked to put out the word about traffic, to tell people to treat all the dead traffic signals like four-way stops. We couldn’t. We had to wait till our system came back online.”
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