Snow knocks out power to hundreds in Durango |

Snow knocks out power to hundreds in Durango

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DURANGO, Colo. ” About 500 homes in southwestern Colorado are without power as wet, heavy snow causes power lines to droop and slingshot upward as the snow falls away.

The bouncing wires coming into contact with surrounding objects cause lights to flicker or power to be automatically cut. Power was restored to most of about 600 homes that lost power Friday but an additional 500 homes are without power Saturday as snow began melting.

La Plata Electric Association operations superintendent John Stephenson says the outages were in small pockets in La Plata and Archuleta counties.

A storm swept through Colorado during the Thanksgiving holiday and dumped 31/2 inches of wet snow in Durango and about 6 inches in the San Juan Mountains Thursday.

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