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Power restored to Boise neighborhoods after brief outage affecting 12,000-plus

A power outage affecting more than 7,000 customers hit several Boise neighborhoods on Tuesday morning.
A power outage affecting more than 7,000 customers hit several Boise neighborhoods on Tuesday morning. Idaho Power

A power outage hit parts of Boise just after 9 a.m. Tuesday, including the Bench and Downtown area.

At its peak, the outage affected 12,799 customers, according to Idaho Power spokesman Brad Bowlin. Most had power restored before 10 a.m.

Bowlin said the outage originated in a downtown substation. Crews are still investigating the cause.

"We appreciate everyone's patience," Bowlin said.

An Ada County dispatcher said the outage caused alarms to go off all over town. It also affected traffic lights.

At Summit Dental Group at the corner of South Americana Boulevard and Shoreline Drive, patients began climbing out of dentist chairs at around 9:35 a.m. and going on their way. All equipment that relies on power was out — drills, suction, lights, X-ray machines and the chairs themselves.

Dentists and hygienists had 15 to 20 appointments scheduled during the outage Tuesday morning. But because the power came back on so fast, the office only had to reschedule a half dozen appointments.

No one was left hanging in the middle of something painful.

“We were just finishing with procedures,” Geri Sawyer, office coordinator, said during the outage. “We lucked out. We’re a little worried about our fish tank. Our fish need oxygen. It’s a saltwater tank. They’re okay for a short time.”

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413

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