Power outage affects businesses

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— The Golden Cavvy Restaurant and Lounge saw a great deal of customers Friday morning. For more than three hours, the eatery was packed with customers, many of whom were eating out because of a power outage.

The Southwest section of Craig lost electrical power at 6:50 a.m. Friday.

Jeff Hergenreter, Yampa Valley Electric Association line supervisor, credited the problem to a faulty primary underground feeder.

"About a third of the town was out," Hergenreter said.

Crews responded to the problem as quickly as possible, making progress within the next two hours.

"We managed to get everything from Wal-Mart to Thompson Hill back up by 8:20," Hergenreter said. "Everywhere else had their power back by about 9:55."

Hergenreter said the maintenance on the faulty feeder would be completed within the day, but gave no guarantees against possible future incidents.

"The underground feeders are unpredictable," he said. "It's hard to tell what could happen because they can go down without warning."

Wendy's was one of the buildings affected by the lack of electricity. Managers were forced to lock the doors and turn away customers.

"Our system wasn't ready when we were supposed to open at 10," assistant manager Stephanie Gallo said. "We had to wait for another hour before everything was ready, and we could let people in."

Across Victory Way, Village Inn had the opposite problem. Unaffected by the power outage, the restaurant welcomed a large fluctuation of customers between 7 a.m. and noon.

"We got a lot of comments from people who were happy we were open," Ryan Rowley, general manager, said. "I'm just glad that we didn't lose our power, and we could provide them with a place to eat."

The Golden Cavvy also maintained electricity, attracting customers. Waitress Theresa Sullivan said the restaurant was filled to capacity, and many people had to wait for seats.

"We were slammed between 8 and 11:30," Sullivan said. "Today was the busiest day we've had since hunting season, since people just wanted a place to eat that had lights."

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