PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Crews are getting power restored after the strong storm that moved through the state during the Thanksgiving holiday caused power outages.
At the height of the outages, APS officials say 28,000 of their customers were without power. About half of those who were without power lived in the Prescott area.
APS spokesperson, Suzanne Trevino, says there was significant damage from winds, heavy snow and downed trees. APS crews worked in remote areas that required teams to hike in using snow shoes and utilize off-road vehicles outfitted with snow tracks. "Alot of the work was done in complete darkness which adds to the hazardous conditions," says Trevino. The freezing temperatures also required crews to remove up to a foot of ice from equipment before making repairs.
Trevino reported wires down in heavily forested areas, and crews assessed the damage. The most difficult area to access for repairs was west of Flagstaff in the communities of Seligman and Ash Fork. APS said repairs crews had such a hard time getting equipment into the downed poles that they were forced to dig holes with hand equipment, making the process take longer.
By Monday morning, APS' outage map reported less than 10 customers without power due to damage from storms.
The storm began late Thursday night and continued into early Friday morning. Some Valley neighborhoods possibly saw an inch of rain, but the higher terrain spots to the north and east of town could've saw more.
The American Red Cross' Northern Arizona Chapter set up a warming center for those affected by the power outages. Red Cross said the shelter will be open as long as there is a need in the community, and the shelter will also have water and snacks available. The warning center is located at Bradshaw Mountain High School, near Glassford Hill Road and Sunset Lane in Prescott Valley.
Storm conditions are causing multiple outages across the state. Thank you for your patience as our crews restore service as safely and quickly as possible in this challenging weather. If you’re power is out, go to https://t.co/D6NlEAZRnR to check for updates. Be safe! #azwx pic.twitter.com/wQ6HYQJ7is— APS (@apsFYI) November 29, 2019
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