Steamboat Springs A power transformer blew at the mountain substation near Walton Creek Road and U.S. Highway 40 late Sunday, sending a flash of bright light into the nighttime sky and knocking out power to much of Routt County.
A Yampa Valley Electric Association spokesman at the substation said an animal got into equipment and caused damages that led to the massive outage, which occurred at about 10 p.m. Sunday. The outage caused a brief fire at the station that was quickly extinguished.
Power was restored to some downtown areas by about 11 p.m.
The outage left the entire city dark on the eve of Memorial Day. Flashes in the sky from the outage could be seen from as far west as Milner.
YVEA crews are working to restore power to the entire service area. Steamboatpilot.com will provide additional updates as they become available.