Power outages strike Prospector | ParkRecord.com

Power outages strike Prospector

Power outages struck parts of Prospector through much of the workday Tuesday, leaving hundreds of customers in the dark for hours and interrupting business at some places in the busy commercial district.

A spokeswoman for Rocky Mountain Power said the outages started before 9 a.m. Power then went on and off several times through the day.

Margaret Oler, the spokesperson, said the first outage was reported at 8:38 a.m., when 122 customers were affected. She said part of a transformer failed, but it was not immediately clear where the transformer is located.

The outage expanded at 9:49 a.m., leaving 900 customers without power. Oler said repair crews intentionally turned off power to the additional customers to allow the workers to repair the transformer.

Power was restored at 12:23 p.m., but it went out again four minutes later. The power stayed off through the afternoon for 395 customers. Power was restored at 3:37 p.m.

The Park City Police Department said numerous alarms were triggered during the outage. Darwin Little, a department sergeant, said the number was "more than normal," but he did not have precise figures by 4 p.m. Little said it is common for alarms to go off during power outages.

City Hall offices on Iron Horse Drive lost power during the early outage, with the building housing the Planning, Building, Engineering and Finance offices dark until about noon.

At Taco Maker, a fast-food restaurant on Bonanza Drive, the manager reported the restaurant probably lost $3,000 in sales on Tuesday. The outages struck during the busy lunch rush.

"When we don’t have electricity, we can’t operate. Nothing works," Lloyd Gonzales, the manager, said in the afternoon, as the power was restored.

Gonzales said the restaurant sold bottled water, bottled sodas, grilled hamburgers and grilled chicken sandwiches. The grill is powered by gas.

"You really need to communicate, talk to all your customers," he said, adding that they understood the restaurant’s predicament on Tuesday.

Another restaurant in the outage zone, Nick-N-Willys Pizza on Bonanza Drive, opened at 11 a.m., but the workers there turned away about 25 people through noon. Dakota Burton, who works at the pizza restaurant, said Nick-N-Willys probably lost solid lunchtime business.

Once power was restored, it took an hour for the pizza ovens to heat up. Burton said the restaurant, which opened last fall, might have sold additional large-sized pizzas on Tuesday if the power had not gone out.

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