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Carbondale loses power for several hours

John Stroud
Carbondale correspondent

Much of the Carbondale area was without electric power for several hours late Sunday afternoon, possibly caused by the extreme high temperatures.

The outage hit the southern portion of Carbondale around 2:15 p.m. Power was restored shortly after 6 p.m., according to Ethnie Groves, a spokeswoman for Xcel Energy in Denver.

“We know it had something to do with the transmission line, most likely because of the heat. We don’t know that officially, but that’s very possible,” she said.

The outage affected primarily the portions of town serviced by Xcel Energy. However, businesses in parts of Carbondale serviced by Holy Cross Energy also reported intermittent outages during the day Sunday, as temperatures reached the high 90s.

The outage affected roughly 2,745 Xcel customers, Groves said.

Several businesses were affected by the outage, including the Carbondale City Market store.

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“We’re closing down everything and sending people to El Jebel; we don’t have much choice,” City Market service counter employee Tim Crump said about 4:30 p.m. Sunday. He said the store would reopen when power was restored.

The outage also forced the cancellation of the Crystal Theatre’s early showing of “An Inconvenient Truth,” theater co-owner Bob Ezra said.

An employee at the Cowen Center Convenience Store, which is serviced by Holy Cross, said the store had experienced intermittent outages during the day as well.

“Our crews were able to get the problem isolated and taken care of relatively quickly,” Groves said.