CSU: power restored most customers, less than 200 people remain in the dark

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COLORADO SPRINGS — Last week’s windstorm knocked out power for tens of thousands of customers in Colorado Springs alone. Although the vast majority of those outages have been restored in the days following that severe weather, about 170 people are still waiting for repairs. Colorado Springs Utilities hopes to have that taken care of at some point on Monday.

SUNDAY COVERAGE:

During a press conference Sunday afternoon, CSU General Manager of Energy Construction, Operations, and Maintenance Charles Cassidy provided an update regarding remaining power outages across the city.

Charles Cassidy, Colorado Springs Utilities

According to Cassidy, as of 1 p.m. Sunday, 1,300 people remained without electricity. Those customers have been without power for four days. Cassidy told media outlets most of the customers will be restored by Sunday evening, however, CSU expects 400 people to remain without power throughout the night.

70 crews have been mobilized to restore power.

Cassidy also told FOX21 News that Wednesday’s windstorm marked one of the “most significant” events CSU has ever responded to.

Cassidy went on to mention that some customers will remain without power even longer than Monday if their masts or meter sockets have been damaged. In that case, according to CSU, it is the customer’s responsibility to have those pieces of equipment fixed before CSU can restore power.

SATURDAY COVERAGE:

Saturday morning, CSU reported approximately 2,800 power outages left out of the 40,000 outages that were originally reported Wednesday.

According to CSU, complete restoration of power is expected by Sunday, Dec. 19.

CSU told media outlets it had 400 employees on the ground restoring power. In addition to CSU employees, the Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Springs Fire Department, Xcel Energy employees, and crews from Fountain are also on-hand to help with restoration efforts.

Click here for CSU’s outage map

If there is a downed tree in your yard that’s not impacting power lines, you’re responsible for clean up. City and county services cannot remove debris or trees on private property.

  • El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste (Automotive Parts, Batteries, Fuels, Medical Waste)
    • 3255 Akers Drive, 80922
    • 719-520-7878
  • American Iron & Metal (Metals)
    • 3390 Drennan Industrial Loop South, 80910
    • 719-390-4766
  • Rocky Top Resources
    • 1755 E. Las Vegas Street, 80906
    • 719-579-9103
  • Monument Transfer Station
    • 856 Washington Street, 80132
    • 719-431-2340
  • Waste Management Landfill, Colorado Springs
    • 1010 Blaney Road, Colorado Springs, 80929
    • 800-963-4776

Challenges that remain prevalent include debris and downed trees.

Once power is restored, cleanup efforts will begin. Crews will be picking up debris and vegetation from streets, driveways, and structures starting next week.

The City of Colorado Springs’ website has several resources available. To view those, click here.

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