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February 23, 2012 10:51 am

Today's outage due to downed line near Cody

Written by CJ Baker

UPDATED 11:20 a.m.: The power outage in Powell and Cody this (Thursday) morning was apparently due to a downed 69 kilovolt line in the Cody area that belongs to the Western Area Power Administration.

Western spokeswoman Lisa Meiman just told the Tribune that a sheriff's deputy reported the downed line this morning. Power went out just after 9 a.m. in the Powell and Cody areas, including Ralston, the Willwood and Garland. The Tribune's power kicked on around 10:37 a.m., just as a reporter was wrapping up a conversation with Meiman. All power was restored by about 10:50 a.m, she said in a follow-up interview.

Meiman, based out of the Denver area, said the line was brought down by the ice storm and high winds just outside Cody near the Park County Regional Landfill.

Western, which provides high voltage power to local power providers, has two lines to the area, but the other was brought down by last night's weather, Meiman said.

"We were gong to come out this morning (to fix the other line) so that one will be next," she said.

Powell had some outages and flickering last night throughout the city due to the high winds, said Larry Carter, city of Powell electric superintendent. Power was restored to most of the city by 7:30 p.m. Wednesday after a roughly 15-minute outage. Another 150 homes on the west side of town lost electricity for four to five hours after a fuse blew in the area, Carter said.

"Our crews were out there until after midnight," he said. "They couldn't do much until then because of the wind."

We'll update as we get more information and have more details in Tuesday's Tribune.

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