Leo Begay, a Farmington Electric Utility System worker, checks lines for an absence of voltage after a storm caused six power lines to fall on South
Leo Begay, a Farmington Electric Utility System worker, checks lines for an absence of voltage after a storm caused six power lines to fall on South Carlton Avenue Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Farmington. (Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — Wind from a Sunday afternoon storm damaged six utility poles in southern Farmington, knocking one of the poles onto a city street.

At about 5 p.m., Farmington emergency crews were dispatched north of the intersection of South Carlton Avenue and Murray Drive after reports of winds damaging the poles, which carry power lines. The wind uprooted one pole, which laid across South Carlton Avenue.

Power outages affected homes and businesses near Southside River Road and the Animas Power Plant, said Farmington Electric Utility System construction superintendent Luke Lugenbeel. He did not know how many customers were affected.

The power was restored to most of the affected customers just before 7 p.m., Lugenbeel said.

Lugenbeel said he had not seen an incident of this magnitude in a long time.

He added that it would take several hours to test and replace the damaged poles and then restore power to homes and businesses near South Carlton Avenue.

"We'll have to pull out the existing poles and excavate again to insert the new poles," Lugenbeel said.

As a safety precaution, traffic was blocked on South Carlton Avenue from Acacia Street to East Murray Drive. East Murray Drive was also closed for two blocks from McCormick School Road to Illinois Avenue.

Farmington Fire and Police Department managed traffic as utility workers checked the power lines along Carlton Avenue to see if more poles had been damaged.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @jkelloggdt.