Hayden, part of Craig, Steamboat lose power

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— Electricity has been restored in most of Hayden, but some people are still without power in the Hayden, Craig and Steamboat Springs areas.

Bill Caynor of the Yampa Valley Electric Association said crews have been working on outages in Steamboat most of the day, but a few customers on Routt County Road 38 were without power as of 2:30 p.m. About 500 consumers lack power in Craig, Caynor said.

Weather-related outages started at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, he said. Craig crews were called in at about 3:30 a.m. today to work outages, and Steamboat crews started work at about 7 a.m.

The Hayden Cog Road, Elkhead area and Breeze Basin Boulevard were still affected this afternoon, Caynor said. Electricity was out at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden and at the Hayden School District, but it has been restored, he said.

"I don’t have total numbers for the day in terms of outages," Caynor said.

About 750 customers lacked power in Craig at about 10 or 11 a.m. today, he said.

Crews from Steamboat have been helping the Craig teams, Caynor said.

The Hayden Substation and the Willems Substation in Craig were down, YVEA spokesman Jim Chappell said at about 1:30 p.m.

"I don't know what all we've got out right now," he said at the time.

The heavy, wet snow was bringing down lines and poles and breaking cross arms on poles, Chappell said.

Something was causing the transmission line from Hayden to Craig to trip off and cut off electricity, he said.

"We can’t see it by driving it, so we’re getting a helicopter and we’re going to try to fly it," Chappell said.

Check back with www.steamboatpilot.com for updates.

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