UPDATE 5 p.m. Sunday: Power has still not been restored as crews continue working on repairs. Estimated time of restoration is 6 p.m.
CEDAR CITY – More than 1,000 Cedar City Rocky Mountain Power customers have been without power Sunday as a result of the heavy February snow that caused a power line to arch and a power pole to burn down.
The fire was caused by the weight of the ice and snow that formed on the power line around 11 a.m. Sunday, Rocky Mountain Power Spokesperson Paul Murphy said. The stress from the weight caused a spark that allowed the pole to ignite.
“It actually happens quite a bit,” he said. “Either from high winds or from moisture, or snow.”
Crews have been working in the area of 1600 N. Bulldog Road to replace the burnt pole, he said. Power is expected to be returned by 3:30 p.m.
The power outage is impacting Rocky Mountain customers who live on the north end of Cedar City, Murphy said, but houses on the south side of town should be fine.
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