Power outages hit Clovis

Freedom Newspapers

Power outages became an issue again on late Saturday afternoon, with many of the same areas in Clovis lacking electricity that were hit by an outage in Friday’s storm.
Xcel Energy spokesman Bob Crenshaw, who said it was not determined if the outages were related to the storm, estimated 2,800 to 3,000 homes and businesses were without electricity Saturday.
The first outage occurred at roughly 4:44 p.m. when 3,500 residential and commercial establishments went black, Crenshaw said, adding that power was restored within about an hour.
That restoration, however, was short lived and the power went out again after a few minutes, Crenshaw said. He said Xcel Energy was able to find a method to restore power to about 500 of the establishments right off, but 3,000 remained without power as of Saturday evening.
“We have not been able to this point to determine the cause of the problem in that area. We have mustered personnel from field operations, our transmission group, substations group, systems control — engineers from all of our specialties — to determine first what the problem is and then we will have the confidence to fix it. We will be working into the night, if need be, to determine the solution,” Crenshaw said.