Update On Power, Shelter And Roadway Conditions

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Roadways

The Arizona Department of Transportation reports all highways in Arizona are open and there are currently no restrictions in place.

Drivers should be aware that snow and ice is still present starting 25 miles north of Payson on Highway 87. Ice is also reported on Highway 260, 25 miles east of Star Valley.

Power

APS restored power to most Pine-Strawberry residents Tuesday afternoon although crews are still working to restore power to residents in Colcord Estates and Ponderosa Springs who have been without power since Monday.

Mike Cole, Manager with APS, said crews are putting a pole back up in the Colcord Estates area and hope to have power restored late Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning.

APS has crews from Payson, Snowflake and Phoenix working on the outages and starting clean up from the storm that thrashed through the Rim Country earlier this week.

Qwest said telephone service should be restored to residents, such as though in the East Verde Estates, by 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11.

Shelter

Hours after setting up a shelter in the Payson High School gymnasium, the Red Cross closed it after no one showed up for assistance.

The Red Cross deiced to open the shelter after several communities in the Rim Country where without power for hours Monday and Tuesday.

One Red Cross volunteer, with the help of the Payson Police Department, set the shelter up around 8 p.m. Tuesday and had closed it by 7 a.m. Wednesday, said Tracey Kiest, Red Cross communications manager.

Kiest said it is likely people stayed with friends and family. One Pine resident said he was unaware a shelter was set up because he did not have a radio or telephone working at his home.

Turned back on Friday 11 p.m.

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