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Pinal County declares State of Emergency as thousands near Eloy are still without power

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Posted at 3:36 PM, Jul 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-20 19:48:30-04

ELOY, AZ — Pinal County declared a State of Emergency Tuesday evening as thousands of residents in and around Eloy remained without power from monsoon storms Sunday night.

In the Eloy area, about 10,000 APS customers were without power Monday afternoon as temperatures reached well over 100 degrees.

According to APS, power was expected to be fully restored by 8 p.m. Tuesday, but by 10 p.m., the number of customers still in the dark was about 7,000. APS has since said the estimated time for full restoration would be Wednesday morning.

Early Wednesday morning, 2,200 customers were without power but nearly everyone had power restored by 8 a.m.

APS announced Wednesday that they are currently working to replace over 400 power poles, but did not say how many of those poles would be in Pima County. APS says they typically replace approximately 290 poles every monsoon season.

Declaring a State of Emergency is a procedure that allows the County and the City to access additional resources and support from the State of Arizona. The City of Eloy had declared a State of Emergency Monday.

Once power is on to everyone, residents could still be in trouble because their food supplies may be spoiled by a lack of refrigeration or cooling within their homes.

Cooling stations and ice distribution locations were opened to help residents deal with the hot temperatures. The locations for distribution are evolving as supplies run out and change.

If you have questions (non-emergency), call 520-466-9201 or the non-emergency police-related number at 520-466-7324.

The above number includes inquiries about ride assistance to cooling stations or other needs. For any emergency, please call 911.

To see the latest outages from APS, click here.

As APS works to replace power poles, they encourage people to prepare ahead of storms including creating an emergency supply kit, learn how to open their garage door manually, ensure up-to-date contact information for APS and secure objects outside that might blow away or cause damage during storms.