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Power returns for some in McCall

Posted at 7:32 AM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-22 09:32:12-05
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho Power officials say nearly 16,000 customers were without power in central Idaho due to multiple downed power lines. 
 
Currently, power is back on for many in Valley County Monday evening. 6 On Your Side's Roland Beres was there for vacation, and told us: "My hotel has power, which is nice, and further down, but still most of the houses in the area are out, so they're working their way from downtown, and hopefully with permanent power, but we don't know for sure if it's permanent, or if it's a generator, or how long it will last, but for now, we're happy we have power".
 
The utility company says severe weather conditions caused the power outages in Valley County on Monday.
 
The power went out just hours after utility crews had finished restoring outages in Valley County that had occurred over the weekend and early Monday morning.
 
Heavy snow and broken branches broke multiple power lines in McCall, Donnelly and Cascade areas for more than 10,000 customers.
 
Idaho Power had no immediate estimate when the power would be back on.

“The safety of our employees and our customers is our primary concern,” said Brent Lulloff, Regional Manager for Idaho Power. “We know how important it is to get power restored to our customers, and we will continue to work diligently to do that. But we have to do it safely.”

“We appreciate the patience displayed by so many of our customers that have been affected by this series of storms,” Lulloff said.

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