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Rocks responsible for No Name power outage

Another rockfall in Glenwood Canyon, this one just east of Glenwood Springs near the No Name Tunnels, took out an underground power line Thursday morning knocking out electricity to No Name residents.
Doug Hazzard | Glenwood Electric

Another rockfall in Glenwood Canyon early Thursday morning, this one west of the No Name Tunnels near town, was responsible for a power outage in the No Name area.

Power was quickly restored to area residences shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday, but the lighting system in the tunnels remained out, Doug Hazzard, city of Glenwood Springs electric department superintendent, said.

Several large rocks came down sometime around 3 a.m. about a half mile west of the tunnels, crashing onto the separated bike path and bouncing across Interstate 70 into the Colorado River, Hazzard said

One of the larger rocks dug up and smashed an underground power line, causing it to fault and cutting power to No Name and parts of Iron Mountain, he said.

Hazzard said some radio and cell towers on Iron Mountain were impacted in addition to the residential customers in No Name. However, the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is on a separate power source and was not affected, he said.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials, already dealing with a major rock slide near the Hanging Lake Tunnels that closed I-70 through Glenwood Canyon on Monday, were on scene to assess the danger in the new slide area, he said.

“We have to wait until CDOT says it’s clear to go into the area before we can do some preliminary work on the damaged cable,” Hazzard said.

“The weather today is an issue, too,” he said of the forecast calling for rain, warm temperatures and high winds this afternoon. “There were still rocks sliding down when we were out there.”

He said rocks have taken out power poles and damaged overhead lines before in and around Glenwood Springs in the past. But this was the first instance he knew of where underground cables were smashed by rocks.


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