The same cold front that brought buckets of rain to southwest Idaho Tuesday morning also knocked a lot of trees and limbs into power lines all across the Treasure Valley.
That resulted in numerous power outages all over the area, including large ones in Northwest Boise, Meridian, Kuna, and the Idaho 21 corridor between east Boise and Idaho City. At different times during the day more than 4,000 customers in the Treasure Valley were without electricity while Idaho Power crews worked to find the damage and fix the lines.
More than 3,500 customers were without power as of 1 p.m., with about 1,400 in an area that stretches from east Boise all the way up Idaho 21 to Idaho City, according to Idaho Power reports. That outage includes the Clear Creek, Wilderness Ranch, and Star Ranch areas along Idaho 21 and parts of the Warm Springs Avenue area in Boise.
The other major outage was in the State Street/36th Street area in Northwest Boise, where about 2,000 customers were without power as of 12:20 p.m.
By 2:30 p.m., power was restored to all but 18 customers in those areas, according to Idaho Power reports.
The outage along Idaho 21 originally included about 3,000 customers but Idaho Power crews were able to restore electricity to half of those customers by 1 p.m.
Idaho Power crews were able to restore electricity to about 1,400 customers in the Kuna, Meridian, and Gowen/Amity roads area in Boise by 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Idaho Power officials say crews are working to remove the limbs and restore power as fast as safely possible.