DENVER (CBS4) – Xcel Energy crews have been working hard to restore power knocked out by the spring blizzard.

According to Mark Stutz with Xcel Energy, at one point on Wednesday they had 290,000 sustained outages due to the storm. As of 9:30 p.m. about 51,500 were still in the dark.

Power poles in Longmont (credit: CBS)

Power poles in Longmont (credit: CBS)

Stutz said crews would be working until 11 p.m. Wednesday but some crews would still be working overnight. They plan to go out in full force Thursday at 7 a.m. with the help from crews coming in from Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Power poles in Longmont (credit: CBS)

Power poles in Longmont (credit: CBS)

Stutz said the bulk of the outages will be repaired by Thursday night, but they expect some still into Friday, especially as people return from spring break and find that their power is out and then report it.

The Estes Valley is experiencing major communications outages that includes outages for Internet, cellphone and some landline telephone service. Local 911 communications are also out of service. Platte River Power Authority estimates repairs could be completed by Thursday night or sometime on Friday.

Additional Information

If you have an emergency and have landline phone service in the Estes Valley, please contact 970-586-4000 for 911 services. Please reserve this line for emergencies only at this time.

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