Downed electrical pole at Overland Sheepskin Company causes power outage

By John Miller and Mustafa Stefan Dill
jmiller@taosnews.com, webmaster@taosnews.com
Posted 11/29/19

Update, 3:00 p.m.: Richard Martinez, an engineer with Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, confirmed there are power outages in the El Prado area. Martinez said crews were at the scene and power should be restored to most of the affected area residents within 20 minutes. He added that power to the Overland Sheepskin Company and businesses in that complex would take longer. 

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Downed electrical pole at Overland Sheepskin Company causes power outage

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Update, 3:00 p.m.: Richard Martinez, an engineer with Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, confirmed there are power outages in the El Prado area due to a downed electrical pole at Overland Sheepskin Company.

Martinez said crews were at the scene and power should be restored to most of the affected area residents within 20 minutes. He added that power to Overland Sheepskin Company and other businesses in that complex would take longer. 

Crews were still at the scene as of 3:30 p.m., snarling traffic already wending its way through the bad weather.

Speaking inside her darkened store, Julie Leavenworth, the manager of Overland, said a wind gust blew the pole down as the flakes started to come down on Friday.

"Suddenly the snow came sideways, we went out to get our sale rack and there were sparks and then that pole blew over," she said.

Leavenworth said she has been told that her store could be without power for five to six hours today – Black Friday – one of the biggest sales days of the year.

"We had already beat sales records from previous months this year," she said, but added that the store isn't closed.

"We're open," she said. "We're just dark."

Original story: An electrical pole supporting three power lines was downed at Overland Sheepskin Company Friday afternoon (Nov. 29) as a snowstorm hit Taos County.

A fire alarm was reported at one of the buildings in the shops just before 2 p.m., drawing a response from Taos Volunteer Fire Department. A firefighter on scene reported the downed pole and has requested support from Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, which has dispatched a technician to resolve the issue.

According to reports from Taos Central Dispatch, no fires or power outages have been reported as a result of the downed line.

Rain this morning has combined with lowering temperatures to bring Taos what is shaping up to be its second major snowstorm of the week, although it was unclear as of press time if weather caused the pole to fall.

What are you experiencing in your area? Are you affected by the storm or the downed power line? Share with us at tips@taosnews.com.

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