KIT CARSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — Approximately 3,600 residents are still without electricity since a wind-driven snowstorm blew down power lines Saturday in eastern Colorado.
A dispatcher at K-C Electric’s headquarters in Hugo told CBS4 early Sunday afternoon that all crews were out in the company’s coverage area which includes Kit Carson, Cheyenne and part of Lincoln counties.READ MORE: Worker Installing Sewage Line Killed After Trench Collapses, Trapping Man in Rising Water
The dispatcher confirmed the damage to the system was caused by downed power lines and short-outs due to wind whipping lines. Frost on lines also contributed to outages.
At 1:45 p.m., the company’s outage map reflected three large outages in Bethune and Burlington in Kit Carson County and another in the town of Cheyenne Wells in Cheyenne County.
Bethune resident Lawrence Eggerding said his electricity went out 3 p.m. Saturday and returned only briefly on Sunday. He is using a generator instead.
“The neighbors are coming over and charging their phones,” he joked.
K-C Electric is not estimating the time its workers may have repairs completed.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
Eggerding said the conditions are still poor in the area. He estimated the wind to be steady at 35 miles per hour, sometimes gusting to 50 m.p.h.
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It is not, he admitted, the preferred weather to be elevated in a bucket truck while repairing power lines.MORE NEWS: Oh Baby! Roxborough Family Visits West Metro Firefighters After Unusual Birth
“I’m just praying for their safety,” Eggerding said.