PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A microburst hit a north Phoenix neighborhood and crews are working to install new power poles after the old ones were destroyed on Saturday night. The storm rolled through 35th Avenue and Peoria Avenue around 8 p.m. The powerful winds knocked down 14 power poles. Electricity went out for people in the area so APS crews had to reroute power and use temporary cables to restore power quickly. Everyone regained electricity in the area except for 30 businesses.
APS workers went on Monday to put up the new steel power poles to replace the broken wooden ones. But APS said just because a wood power pole gets broken doesn't mean a steel one will replace it. "We put steel poles in areas that we can get truck access to and then we put wood poles in areas to climb for maintenance that we can't necessarily get our vehicles to," said Ashley Van Ness with APS.
While the poles are up, there is still more work to be done before electricity is flowing. "These lines have to be reconnected to the primary source," said Van Ness. "So we still have a lot (to do). There's (sic) dips on the poles, switches that have to be installed. All of those things still need to happen." APS said everything should be running normally by Wednesday morning.