Power outage hits valley for three hours

Sam Klomhaus — Enterprise Staff Writer
Thursday, May 7, 2020

A transmission issue knocked out power to a large portion of Paradise Valley for about three hours Wednesday evening.

Three Park Electric substations were taken offline, Park Electric General Manager Matt Haggerty said Thursday morning.

The problem was the failure of a cross arm brace on a transmission line, according to a Park Electric Facebook post.

The transmission lines are owned by NorthWestern Energy, Haggerty said Thursday, so the outage wasn’t related to anything Park Electric did.

Park Electric Operations Superintendent Matt Grose said reports of the outage started coming in around 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, and the power went back on around 9:10 p.m.

A crew from NorthWestern Energy fixed the problem, Haggerty said.

Grose said he wasn’t sure how many people were affected by the outage.

Affected areas included the Chico area, the Tom Miner Basin and other areas mostly south of the Pine Creek cut across road, Grose said.

“The majority of the Paradise Valley was out,” Haggerty said.

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