Rodent; Faulty Line Cause Power Outages Saturday

DPU News:

Two separate power outages affected Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities customers last Saturday.

The first outage occurred in the early morning and was caused by a rodent, while the second occurred mid-day due to a faulty underground line.  

At approximately 12:47 a.m. Saturday, a rodent came into contact with an underground switch near the airport, knocking out power to more than 600 customers. The area affected included residential customers north on Canyon and Rim Road, and east to East Gate. Power was restored to the area by 1:40 a.m. by DPU lineman.

In the second incident, an underground cable on Fifth Street and Myrtle failed at 11:40 a.m., Saturday. Approximately 80 customers bordered by 15th Street, Central Avenue and N.M. 502 were without power.  Power was restored to 40 customers by 2:30 p.m. and by 3:30 p.m., to the remaining customers.

Lineman re-routed power and the failed power line was repaired Monday.