Storm Leaves Summer Homes In The Dark


Folks in Ellison Creek Subdivision northeast of Payson had to ride out Tuesday's thunderstorm without power due to a downed tree, Jim Spencer, district manager for Arizona Public Service Company, said Wednesday. Most of the company's other customers were unaffected.

The lights went out in the subdivision's 100 summer homes at about 9 p.m., Spencer said. The storm knocked a large tree onto the 21,000-volt overhead distribution line that serves the area. Crews worked through the early morning hours to repair the line, and service was restored at noon Wednesday, he said.

There also were a number of individual outages as lightening struck about a dozen smaller transformers, he said. Most of those transformers serve one to 10 homes. While many of today's transformers are radio controlled, he said, most of the transformers in the Rim country require a crew to physically reset them.

"(The repairs) pretty much kept the crews working straight through the night and day," Spencer said.

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