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Weather, failures factor in outages

Weather and equipment failure were factors in two unrelated outages last week that left hundreds of Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative customers without power.

Last Tuesday, April 22, approximately 271 customers were without service for 14.5 hours when a green tree uprooted due to high winds and fell out of the right of way and onto the power lines located between Swan and Smith creeks, according to Chad Hill, ICLP engineering manager. The outage occurred at 4:20 p.m., and this affected customers up the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River, which included Syringa, Lowell and Selway.

Repair time was extended due to the remote location of the outage requiring repair crews to hike in to the location. Power was restored the next day at 6:55 a.m.

The following day, Thursday, April 24, the White Bird transmission line went out, affecting 669 ICLP customers for nearly three hours.

Occurring at 6:26 a.m., according to Hill, a line came down atop the White Bird hill. This resulted when a weak spot in the line, caused by years of snowloads, finally gave way. The outage affected the entire White Bird area, including the White Bird, Lucile, Slate Creek and Skookumchuck communities. Crews also had to hike into this remote area to conduct repairs, bringing service back online at 9:14 a.m.

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