APS working to restore power throughout Phoenix area

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APS workers are going as fast as they can to restore to power to customers. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) APS workers are going as fast as they can to restore to power to customers. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Arizona Public Service is working around the clock after storms knocked out power to around 70,000 customers. 

"We been without power since about four o'clock yesterday afternoon," said Phoenix resident Art Grosch. 

And for some, the lack of power is taking its toll. 

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"The thing we have is a lot of elderly neighbors, some that are quite sick, and they're stuck in the house, no ice, no refrigerator," Grosch said. 

But luckily APS got a break in the weather Tuesday, giving them a chance to catch up on repairs. 

"We've had a lot of action here since Sunday night," said Tony Tewilis, APS transmission, distribution and maintenance general manager. 

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Officials with APS say they've already seen many broken power poles this monsoon. Last monsoon season, officials with the power company say they fixed around 250 broken poles, where APS has already repaired 200 in the last three days. 

But APS has been quick to respond. By Tuesday afternoon, only a few hundred customers were without power. 

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"We train for monsoon season all year long, so when we get that first storm event we have our people staged," Tewilis said. 

APS said they'd most likely have power restored to almost all of its customers by the end of Tuesday. But as storm clouds began moving into the Valley, more outages could mean more work. 

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"APS has done us good before," said Grosch. "We know they're doing the best they can." 

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