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6:42 PM, Dec 8, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA- In Nederland, Xcel is trying to juggle flood recovery repairs with an upgrade to help the power system withstand the mountain town's famous winds.

That's causing been causing headaches for Peter Stader, owner of New Moon Bakery and Cafe. He's lost power 6 times in the last two months.

"It's kind of hard to run a business out here and power outages really don't help a lot," Stader said. "If it's longer than four hours we have to throw everything away that I have in the freezer and in the refrigerator- especially eggs."

Stader estimates they've lost about $13,000 because of recent power outages.

Some are caused by high winds others are planned by Xcel Energy. The company is working to upgrade the electrical system in Nederland to withstand hurricane strength winds.

"We know that we are trying to communicate with them,"said Michelle Aguayo, spokeswoman for Xcel Energy. "Most importantly, what we want our customers to know is that we understand and sympathize with the frustrations they've had with the ongoing outages."

But those outages could continue until spring. Xcel has to repair areas damaged by the September floods first.

"This is a little more complicated than even we had anticipated. [We] might not have had some of the glitches had it not been for some of the weather events. But even so, that's not a reason for them to be experiencing what they're experiencing," said Aguayo.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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