Storm leaves areas of metro Phoenix without power

PHOENIX - A severe monsoon storm left thousands in metropolitan Phoenix without power today.

Some residents woke up Sunday to find last night's storm had left a trail of uprooted trees and downed utility poles.

Utility officials say more than 25,000 people across Phoenix had no electricity.

Salt River Project says nearly 10,000 households initially lost power late Saturday but all are now back on line.

Arizona Public Service said about 15,000 customers were originally affected and crews were working as quickly as possible to restore power.

As of 3 p.m. only about 3,800 customers remained without power, the majority south of Bell Road along the State Route 51 corridor.

By 9 p.m. power had been restored to all but about 550 customers. APS said more would be back in service tonight and some not until Monday.

APS is reimbursing out-of-power customers for purchases of bagged ice or dry ice.

“We want to do everything we can do assist [customers] through what can be a very challenging time,” said Alan Bunnell, an APS spokesman.

APS will reimburse up to 40 pounds of bagged ice or 20 pounds of dry ice.

Customers can send their receipts to:

PO Box 53999
Sta. 3536
Phoenix, AZ 85072

“Just trying to keep things cold,” said APS customer John Dean, who bought bags of ice with plans to send receipts to APS for reimbursement.

Dean had coolers full of food and drinks throughout his north Phoenix home.



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