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4:44 AM Tue, Dec. 18th

Electric service restored

Crews fromboth Citizens Arizona Electric and Mohave Electric Cooperative worked much of Sunday night restoring service and repairing storm damage.

"We had service outages in Kingman, Yucca, Dolan Springs and Oatman," said Bill DeJulio at Citizens.

"By 1 a.m.

Monday we had 95 percent of the customers back on line."

He estimated 3,500 to 5,000 customers were without power sometime during the Sunday storms.

"Lightning damaged transformers and fuse protection in Golden Valley," he said.

"Debris from roofs hit along Bank Street and Arizona Avenue, damaging power lines."

DeJulio said crews got some rest after 1 a.m.

Monday and returned later Monday morning to make the major repairs along Arizona Avenue.

Wrokers were dispatched to Oatman and Dolan Springs to restore service to scattered customers.

Power was restored to all Mohave Electric Cooperative customers by mid-morning Monday after the Sunday storms hit the county, said Judith Allen, MEC public affairs coordinator.

Heavy thunderstorms, lightning and high winds caused several scattered outages throughout the company's Mohave County service area.

The first outages occurred in the Kingman area around 4 p.m.

Three crews were dispatched immediately and began the laborious task of making multiple repairs, said Manager of Operations Tom Longtin.

Crews had to dig out from dirt and flooding to make repairs.

Around 5:30 p.m., an additional three crews were sent to Bullhead City.

Later the storm hit the Mohave Valley area.

Crews were kept busy through the night and into Monday morning to restore service to the outlying areas.

"Obviously, city, county and cooperative crews will work through the clean-up during the day to get things back in shape," Longtin said as he wiped sweat from his brow following his all night work with the crews.

Longtin described the storm as it hit the Colorado River area as, "A pitch fork of lightning bolts peppering the Colorado River and Mohave Valley into the night, downing electrical poles, blowing fuses, and causing underground shorts."