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Melting snow causes power outages in Groom Creek, Prescott

A power pole that was damaged in the Prescott area during a strong winter storm on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (APS/Courtesy)

A power pole that was damaged in the Prescott area during a strong winter storm on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (APS/Courtesy)

A downed power pole in Prescott and downed power lines in Groom Creek have left about 100 APS customers without power, according to Arizona Public Service.

The Groom Creek outages occurred at about 3:48 and 6:35 a.m. Friday, March 20, and the Prescott outage occurred at about 10:56 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

Lily Quezada with APS said that seven crews are continuing to work as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power and it should be back by Saturday evening unless other damages are found. A majority of the homes without power are secondary homes and not occupied at the moment, she said.

The cause, she said, is melting snow that causes additional damage that was not there before. Snow falls on the trees and they or their branches fall on the poles and lines, Quezada said.

“That’s what we’re working through,” she said.

According to the APS Outage Map, the power was restored Saturday night.

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