Upper Valley Residents Lose Power

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Updated: 1/14/2013 7:37 pm

        Having a disaster with prior warning is tough enough, especially if your power goes out; but when the power goes out for an unknown reason, it can get pretty frustrating.

Well, imagine waking up to negative 10 degree weather outside and no power in your home. That’s what most residents in Rexburg and the surrounding areas had to deal with this morning.

A transmission line that went down about 8 miles north of Rexburg at 5:30 this morning left about 14,000 Rocky Mountain Power customers in the dark.

The areas affected by the power outage were Rexburg, Sugar City, St. Anthony and Ashton.

“That is really frustrating because I know there’s not a window in my bathroom so I wouldn’t be able to even have any light or anything and I don’t think we have any flashlights either” said Rexburg resident Andrea Krupa.

Brigham Young University – Idaho sent out text messages, e-mails, Facebook updates and other methods of communication to let students know classes were postponed and they could come to the school for shelter if they needed.

“That’s neat that your institution, your college would send that out and let you know instead of just saying come to class and guess what, if you show up and nobody’s there, tough luck, I’m sorry” said Rexburg resident Nick Krupa.

Many residents in the area realized, especially those college students; that they’ll need to be a little more prepared for the future.

“It definitely makes me think like ok we should bring like a mini heater here just in case or flashlights and candles, we don’t really have that stuff because we’re college students so we don’t think about it but it definitely makes me kind of re-think what we need to bring and have at our home” continued Andrea.

Rocky Mountain Power finished restoring power to all their customers by 10:25 this morning.

Those residents served by Fall River Electric Cooperative were not affected by the power outage.

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