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Outage hits midvalley

Staff report

A power outage affected thousands of residential and commercial customers of Holy Cross Energy in the west Basalt and El Jebel area for roughly 90 minutes Tuesday night.

The power went out at about 6:45 p.m. and came back on at about 8:15 p.m.

The loss of juice put a damper on Cinco de Mayo festivities at the popular El Korita restaurant in Willits. The parking lot in Willits Town Center was about a third occupied on a night when it would normally be overflowing at 7:30 p.m. Moviegoers at Movieland at Orchard Plaza were standing outside in the drizzle for a while after the outage. By 7:45 p.m., the parking lot was empty.

Whole Foods and City Market had limited illumination from back-up power supplies but the number of shoppers was diminished. Other businesses closed up shop early. While power was out at City Market and Orchard Plaza, it was on across Highway 82 at Wendy’s and the El Jebel Plaza.

Officials couldn’t be reached at Holy Cross Energy for comment about the problem. A message Tuesday night said the utility was aware of the outage and crews were on their way. An email and text alert from the Pitkin County Communications Department said there was a problem with a Holy Cross transformer on Hooks Lane.

The power outage forced all sides of the traffic signal at Highway 82 and Upper Willits Lane to flash red. The stoplight at Highway 82 and Original Road was dead. The light at Highway 82 and Lower Willits Lane was unaffected, as was the main intersection at El Jebel.

Power flickered in Basalt at the start of the outage, but Old Town was otherwise unaffected.

It was raining in the midvalley at the time of the outage but there was no lightening storm.

The residential neighborhoods that were affected included Sopris Village, Willits and all the smaller subdivisions along Willits Lane and Hooks Lane.