Cold snap causes
some utilities failures
Gas and electrical
lines fixed quickly
Express Staff Writer
midst of the winterís most severe cold snap to date, a number of Wood
River Valley residents found themselves without heat, hot water or
electricity this week.
mid-valley residents were without electricity Tuesday morning as
temperatures topped off at 18 in Hailey, and many residents in the Elkhorn
and Hulen Meadows areas were without natural gas on Wednesday when highs
barely topped 20. Lows both days were well below zero.
Co. customers between Hailey and Ohio Gulch were without electricity from
7:10 p.m. to 9:23 p.m. Tuesday, company spokesman Dennis Lopez said.
those kinds of temperatures, those two hours are longer than they
sound," Lopez said.
of the electrical outage is still not known, he said, but he speculated
that it could have been caused by a "trip in the line," like a
fallen tree branch.
Gas Co. customers in a large north-valley service area were without
service most of the day Wednesday. No-heat calls originated from Elkorn to
"obstruction" of an unknown variety clogged the line in a
regulator station near Highway 75 and Elkhorn Road, Intermountain Gas Vice
President of Marketing and External Affairs Mike Huntington said.
literally slowed down that flow, so that customers at the ends of the
lines werenít getting enough pressure," he said.
obstruction was identified and removed by late Wednesday afternoon, but
Huntington said 28 Intermountain Gas employees from all over Southern
Idaho worked throughout the night Wednesday and early Thursday to
re-ignite pilot lights in the affected service area.
gas furnaces will automatically restart following a disruption in the gas
flow, but hot water heaters usually will not, Huntington said.
gas-powered equipment is not working, Huntington said customers should