JEFFERSON COUNTY - Starting around 1:30 a.m., dispatchers from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office took calls from residents concerned about a power outage that was affecting residents and business in three counties.
According to the Intermountain Rural Electric Association, more than 7,500 customers were affected by the outages in the Bailey and Conifer areas.
Mike Kopp with the IREA said the outage was caused by a cable snapping on a power pole, causing that power pole to fall onto another line. That fall caused a short and subsequently the outage.
The strip along Main Street in Black Hawk was dark for about three hours, according to several casinos.
A Black Hawk police officer said several of the hotels were running off of back up generators, but the city's streetlights and traffic signals were still out. The outage affected 121 customers and was restored between 4:30 to 4:45 a.m.
Dispatchers at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said they also took calls from areas north of Evergreen to Bailey.
There was also an outage in Clear Creek County due to downed lines.
An additional outage in Boulder and Nederland was caused by the same downed lines. It affected less than 1,000 customers and power was restored around 5 a.m.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said they have not taken any medical or emergency calls related to the power outage, only calls from concerned citizens reporting the outage.
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