Gravity, dead tree zap electric power
For the second time in 24 hours a power outage hit portions of eastern Eagle County late Tuesday night.
The first occurred Tuesday afternoon when maintenance workers at an electrical substation in Wolcott inadvertently tripped a circuit breaker.
The second, which affected parts of Minturn and West Vail and lasted nearly two hours, occurred when a dead tree fell on an electrical line east of Battle Mountain High School, said Dick Stratton, Vail district manager for Holy Cross Energy.
He said a three-person crew hiked through waist-deep snow to clear the line.
It was raining a the time the tree fell. Some residents also reported heavy wind gusts.
Cliff Thompson can be reached via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 949-0555 ext. 450.