Multiple Power Outage Affecting The Magic Valley [Updated]
Idaho Power is currently reporting a power outage affecting the communities of Buhl, Filer, Rogerson, and Hollister.
At this time the cause of the outage is unknown, but it could be due to the severe thunderstorm that moved through the area earlier this evening. So far the amount of customers without power is unknown and there is no estimated time until power will be restored.
Update (7/16 @ 8:10pm) – Idaho Power is reporting that multiple power outages around the Magic Valley.
- 4,100 customers in Buhl, Filer and Castleford are without power due to a line fault.
- 466 customers are out of power in Twin Falls and Hollister.
- A downed line caused 709 customers to be without power in Wendell, Filer, Jerome and Buhl.
Crews are on scene but don’t have an estimated time of restoration at this point. Idaho Power has asked that everyone should be extra cautious around downed and damaged power lines and assume that all lines are live.
Update (7/16 @ 7:40pm) – Customers in Buhl are reporting that their power has been restored. It’s unclear if power has been restored to all affected areas.
Power Outage Tips
Here are a few tips from Idaho Power to stay safe and comfortable during an outage.
- It’s important to have an outage kit available if the power goes out. Your kit should include the following: Matches, Candles, A flashlight, Battery-powered radio, Batteries, Bottled water, Canned and dried foods, A manual can opener, A wind-up clock or battery-powered clock
- Don’t leave candles unattended and keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials.
- Turn off electric ranges or space heaters during a power outage. This will prevent the possibility of a fire if you are away from your home when power is restored.
- Keep a large block of ice in the freezer to maintain cold longer, and avoid opening refrigerator and freezer doors to retain cold air inside and keep your food from spoiling.
- If doors are kept closed on refrigeration equipment, cool temperatures can be maintained for several hours. Dry ice can be used to protect the contents during extremely long outages. Use gloves when handling dry ice and use caution not to place it directly on the contents.
To get the latest information on the outage, call Idaho Power at 1 (800) 488-6151 or visit IdahoPower.com.