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    Idaho Power crews respondto widespread blackout caused by lightning and then downed power line that shut down road


    June 1, 2022 - Idaho State Journal

     

      Idaho Power crews have had a busy weekend in the Pocatello area, responding to a widespread power outage and then a downed power line that shut down a road.

      The widespread power outage was caused by a 9 p.m. Saturday lightning strike on a piece of Idaho Power equipment. Over 1,000 Idaho Power customers in south Pocatello and throughout much of Bannock County south of the Gate City were without electricity until around 1 a.m. Sunday, the utility reported.

      Then around 10:30 a.m. Sunday Idaho Power personnel responded to a downed power line on a busy street near Idaho State University’s Pocatello campus.

      The power line fell onto South Fifth Avenue near East Terry Street and caused Pocatello police to shut down South Fifth for over an hour until Idaho Power could remove and replace the downed line.

      The Pocatello Fire Department also responded to the incident, which did not result in any injuries.

      The downed power line provided power to only a street light so no Idaho Power customers were impacted by the incident.

      It was not immediately known what knocked down the line, though it was raining in the Pocatello area on Sunday morning.

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