DENVER (CBS4) – Xcel Energy have spent nearly 24 hours trying to restore power to customers after a rare derecho swept across Colorado on Saturday. As of 12:30 p.m., officials say, more than 12,000 customers still don’t have power.
They add more than 208,00 customers, in total, were impacted by the storm.READ MORE: Parker Family 'Shellshocked' After Being Booted From Flight Over Mask Issue
They say all available crews are working on those remaining outages. Crews from outside the region were also brought in to help.Drug Lab Inside Denver Homeless Camp Causes Explosion, City Finds 30 Propane Tanks
Crews will not clean up debris, except during “routine maintenance.” Customers are asked not to approach crews and to maintain social distancing.
Customers can text “OUT” to 98936 to report an outage or STAT to the same number to check the status of a power outage.MORE NEWS: Fund Set Up For Brad Brubaker's Family, Victim In Denver Highlands Crash
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