YUMA, AZ - Since Sunday's storm it has been non-stop for APS crews working through the night to get power up and running to its Yuma substation and the last remaining 1200 customers.
Dan Froetscher with APS says "At 8:30 Monday evening we restored service to that foothills substation and in relatively short order over the next hour or two we proceeded to respond and restore service to virtually all foothill area customers."
Dan Froetscher with APS says as of 9 A.M. Tuesday only 120 customers were without power from the original 1900. Based off APS's twitter feed Tuesday afternoon that number has now been reduced to seven.
APS tells News 13, Nearly 70 poles went down on Sunday literally snapping in half. Now, they are working to replace these poles with better more reliable metal ones.
Froetscher says with Yuma's emerged development many areas now have underground power lines which greatly minimized extended outages in the foothills. However, replacing these poles with underground lines isn't an option for this specific area.
The crews work involves power lines that go from substation to substation and move large amounts of electricity. It is quite frankly cost prohibited to arbitrarily underground those kinds of facilities.
Froetscher says the foothill substation had two sources of power as a back up but both sources took the hit from the storm putting the foothills in the dark. He says, "So, even having a level of redundancy in your system isn't an assurance that the service is outage proof. But that's the kind of investment we've been making and will be making more of in the Yuma area."
APS's presence will continue over the next couple days and they thank the community for their patience and support.
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