UPDATED at 1:15 p.m.: Intermittent power outages continue to impact Yampa Valley Electric Association customers Friday
CRAIG — Many in Northwest Colorado woke up without electricity as heavy snowfall moved into the region causing widespread outages that began at about 2:25 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18.
As of 11:25 a.m. Yampa Valley Electric Association stated on their website that power had been “restored for the members west of Steamboat on U.S. Highway 40. Maybell members have also been restored. We still have intermittent outages that crews are working to restore.”
At 10 a.m. YVEA had reported outages for more than 400 members-customers.
“Maybell and surrounding areas remain without power. We have some areas in Craig including Elk Head without power. South of Hayden a few members as well as West Highway 40 we have 400 members still without power,” stated the YVEA website.
Crews were working swiftly as two-hours earlier, at about 8:30 a.m., the company was reporting that the outage was impacting about 1,500 customers east of Craig including areas surrounding Clark in Routt County as well as areas west of Craig including Maybell, Lay, and Elk Springs.
The early morning outage had parents wondering if schools would close. Public schools in Moffat and Routt Counties held classes, though officials said buses were running late. For more information about school closures visit the story at CraigDailyPress.com.
When the outage began in the early morning hours it reportedly impacted most Yampa Valley Electric Association customers in Craig, Hayden, Maybell, Baggs, and Lay. Later it was revealed that Routt County customers were also affected.
Power was restored intermittently to some areas about 4 a.m., but a message from YVEA at 4:50 a.m. stated that Steamboat Springs customers were being impacted.
By about 8 a.m. most of Craig and the service area had power. No one from YVEA was available to comment on the specifics of the outage.
Craig Press will update this story if more information becomes available.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.
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