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Courtesy Chris Dahl-Bredine

A swath of trees can be seen blown down at the Enchanted Forest Cross Country area near Red River.

Parts of upper Red River and the Bittercreek area north of Red River are still without power after the Dec. 15 windstorm, according to an update posted to social media by Red River Mayor Linda Calhoun.

Calhoun said she had met with Kit Carson Electric Cooperative representatives, county management and the county commission chair to discuss ways to restore power to the area. Another meeting is scheduled for today at 1 p.m.

“In the remaining areas that are still experiencing an outage, the Co-op is calling it a rebuild not a restore,” said Calhoun. KCEC is also looking to bring in contractors from Denver or Farmington to help deal with the outage. They have also hired an engineering firm. 

Calhoun said there are still supply chain issues at play, but said the crews have the wire and are working on pole replacement. “They are estimating two to two and a half miles of line to build which includes 14 poles per mile,” she said.

As of Thursday at noon, she said power should be restored up to 161 Upper Valley Road. “If you live below this address and still don't have service, please text me your address so I can pass on that info. My cell number is (575) 770-0420,” she posted.

She said one of the biggest obstacles is the heavy snow that they have been dealing with since before the new year. “We are working with the county and the state to get heavy equipment up to the sites to start clearing,” she said, also noting that people who live in the area should check their meter base pole. “Meter base poles are the responsibility of the customer. Once that work has been completed, call Kit Carson and they will make it a priority to come out and get the service hooked back up. We are working on putting together a list of electricians in the area to hopefully make this part go smoother.”

Calhoun noted that it has been a difficult time for the town. “Please reach out if there are needs and we will do our best to point you in the right direction for help.”

This is a developing story.

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