Idaho Power reported just after 5 p.m. Sunday that power was being restored to 10,277 customers who lost service earlier in the day in Idaho’s central mountains.
One of two transmission lines serving McCall, Donnelly, Cascade, Lake Fork and other communities failed at 11 a.m. Sunday. A second transmission line to the area was already out of service due to weather-related problems.
Heavy snowfall caused trees and large branches to fall onto power lines and cut service. The outage affected customers from New Meadows to south of McCall, Idaho Power said.
At least 1,000 Idaho Power customers around Cascade were still without service. Some homes that had service lost electricity when the transmission line was fired back up, the company said.
Idaho Power is asking customers without power to call (800) 488-6151 to report their address to ensure the company knows about all losses of service. The company said it hoped to have all service restored by 7 p.m. Sunday.
“At the moment, we’re OK,” said Linda Harris, front desk clerk at the Hotel McCall, located at 1101 N. Third St., near the southeast edge of Payette Lake early Sunday afternoon. “But just a small corner of the town has power.”
Harris, who lives 13 miles south in Donnelly, said her electricity at home went out about 11.
A woman who answered the phone at Blue Moose Pizza, about a mile and a half west of the Hotel McCall, said in mid-afternoon her business had power and was swamped with customers.
“Most of the town is out and we’re getting a lot of people,” she said, saying she didn’t have time to talk.
At the Ashley Inn in Cascade, a clerk said there had been no disruption to power in that Valley County town 16 miles south of Donnelly.
Idaho Power crews were sent to patrol along both lines to discover the location of the damage. A helicopter crew spotted one trouble spot, but there may be others, the company said.
Heavy snowfall caused multiple power outages in the area. Trees and large branches have been falling across power lines since Thursday, Idaho Power reported.
Several inches new snow has made it more difficult for crews to work in rugged areas, the company said. Crews have used snowmobiles and a Snow Cat to reach some remote areas.
Thick fog on Saturday hampered workers patrolling the lines for damage.