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Outages leave thousands in Buckeye without power

Posted at 4:50 AM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 16:16:21-04

Power is slowly starting to return to thousands of customers in the West Valley after major outages and damaging storms overnight.

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According to Arizona Public Service, only about 200 of their Buckeye customers are still without power as of 1:00 p.m., after major storm damage left power lines down in the area. At one point, more than 14,000 customers were left with no power.

Most of the outages are expected to be repaired by 8 p.m. on Monday, according to APS.

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APS says they are working to get power back on as quickly as possible and are still assessing damage. Customers are being reminded not to go near downed lines, but instead call 911 then APS.

Reports of widespread damage included fallen trees, structural damage to homes, and two mobile homes that had been flipped in the high winds, Buckeye Fire Captain Tommy Taylor said.

ABC15 crews in the area spotted trailers that had been tossed in the 40mph winds, as well as crews on-site working to repair toppled power lines.

Taylor said city buildings in the downtown area were also left without power, and the Buckeye Police Admin phone lines were down as of 8:15 a.m. Crews are in the process of setting up hydration and cooling centers for affected customers, with the first set to open at the Coyote Library at Dean and Yuma roads.

Residents affected by the outages can also purchase up to 40 pounds of wet bagged ice or 20 pounds of dry ice and be reimbursed by APS as long as they keep their receipt.

The company says, at one point, statewide they had 21,000 customers without power, with a majority in Buckeye and thousands more in Yuma.

Salt River Project customers have not been affected.