A power outage Monday afternoon left about 2,500 people without electricity in central Greeley for several hours.
The outage was centered around 23rd Avenue and 10th Street. Gabriel Romero, spokesperson for Xcel Energy, said the cause of the outage was not immediately known.
The outage began around 11:30 a.m. and was resolved by about 3 p.m., Romero said.
There was some initial speculation that a city street construction project at 23rd Avenue and 10th Street caused the outage. But Joel Hemesath, Greeley’s director of public works, said Xcel informed him late Monday afternoon that an issue with a cable at 12th Street and 35th Avenue caused the outage. “We are not doing any work there,” Hemesath said.
The timing of the outage was particularly frustrating for food businesses in the area, said Matt Larson, general manager of Kenny’s Steak House, 3502 10th St. in Greeley.
“Monday is one of our best lunch days,” Larson said. “I basically had to stand there and watch one table after another walk in, sit down, then walk out.”
Larson said he called Xcel’s outage hotline and heard an automated message that power would likely be restored by 1 p.m. Unfortunately, he said, many of the restaurant’s customers weren’t willing to wait around.
“We lost the entire lunch business,” he said. “It’s very frustrating.”
Construction is underway on the 23rd Avenue and 10th Street intersection, which is in close proximity to an Xcel substation.
“I’ve read where Xcel needs to have a little more updated equipment,” Larson said, referring to previous Tribune stories about how some of Xcel’s infrastructure is about 100 years old. “It just seems this happens way too much.”
Thankfully, Larson said, the outage was resolved before the restaurant’s freezer or cooler storage were affected.
“It was just the stuff we were cooking on the grill,” he said. “The most frustrating part was mainly the loss of business.”
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