Havasu residents who lost power get temporary aid

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 8 at 11:55 AM

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) -- A utility plans to provide temporary service for dozens of Lake Havasu City residents who have been without electricity since high winds from a weekend storm toppled power poles, utility officials said Wednesday.

Unisource Energy spokesman Joseph Barrios said about 50 customers will receive either temporary service lines or small generators by Thursday while crews do repairs.

"They'll be able to turn on the AC and get their refrigerator running again," Barrios said.

Permanent repairs aren't expected to be finished until Aug. 15.

Barrios says crews are working 24 hours a day, and the company has brought employees from elsewhere to help. Besides cleanup, crews will have to install new utility poles. About 45 poles were damaged or knocked down, Barrios said.

"We've pulled in additional resources, not just our employees but also with contractors that can work with customers," Barrios said.

Unisource employees also are going door to door to give customers updates, he added.

Storms on Sunday damaged homes, leaving some draped in power lines. Some lines were sagging less than 6 feet from the ground, the Today's News-Herald reported.

Meanwhile, the forecast calls for temperatures as high as 108 degrees every day for the next week.

Jessica Love, a middle school teacher, said this is the first time in her 14 years of living in the area that she has experienced such a long outage. Love and her children plan to stay with her father until the power returns.

"Thank goodness I have family here because I wouldn't know what I would do," Love said.

Other residents are staying put despite the sweltering conditions. Ken Carpenter has been using a generator to keep his refrigerator going and to charge his cellphone.

"It is what it is," Carpenter said. "Although it does get a little warm at night when I'm trying to sleep."

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Information from: Today's News-Herald, http://www.havasunews.com


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