APS working to get people back on and powered up in Yuma County

APS working to get people back on and powered up in Yuma County


Yuma, AZ- The storm that hit the Desert Southwest, hit some areas of Yuma County very hard. Severe winds knocked down more than 60 power poles, including both sources that deliver power into the Foothills substation.

19,000 people were left in the dark.

"Where I live all the power lines were down. It's a mess, it's a maze to even get out of the neighborhood because of the poles," says Amador Perez Jr, a Foothills resident.

Today APS was providing ice to those impacted by the outage.

Perez is just one out of hundreds who waited at the Wal-Mart near 32nd street to pick up the bags of ice to try and save some of the food in his refrigerator..

APS says crews from across the state are out in the area working to get everything up and running again.

"We still have 15,000 customers without power. 14,000 are in the foothills area. We have been able to restore power to about 6,000 customers," says Steven Gotfried with Arizona Public Service.

APS says crews will be working around the clock until the situation is fixed. Some customers power will be restored tonight. While it may take two or even three days for others.

"APS understands the frustration people have when the power goes out. At the same time we can't control mother nature but what we can control is preparing for an outage like this. We are all working to get this power up as quickly and as safely as possible," says Gotfried.

Until they get the power on APS is asking for customers to do what is appropriate to be safe..

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