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UPDATE: Idaho Power Outage Affects 53,000

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A technical problem at a Rocky Mountain Power substation near Firth caused a power outage for more than 53,000 customers in southeastern Idaho.
    
Company spokesman David Eskelsen says the company was required to disrupt service to about 49,000 Idaho customers shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday. Additionally Bonneville Power asked the Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative to cut power to half of its customers in the Teton, Island Park and West Yellowstone, Mont., areas.
    
By 2 p.m. Wednesday, Rocky Mountain Power said just over 3,000 customers were still without power.
    
Many schools affected by the outage were closed as was the Idaho Falls Senior Center. Warming shelters were opened in Rexburg, Rigby, Ammon and Idaho Falls.
    
Fall River asked its customers to continue conserving energy so the region wouldn't face rolling blackouts as the repairs were made.

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12/4/2013 1:33:59 PM (GMT -8:00)

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