2,000 San Juan County homes briefly lose power

The Daily Times staff
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — More than 2,000 San Juan County households were without power Wednesday afternoon after a semitrailer with a raised dump bed caused a circuit to go out shortly before 2 p.m. at the Lakeview Substation near Farmington Lake.

Power was restored to the majority of the customers after about 45 minutes. The power outage affected residents along N.M. Highway 516 from the Farmington Lake area to the Aztec city limits.

Rodney Romero, the acting electric utility director, said the outage occurred when the semitrailer's elevated bed became entangled in the overhead power lines.

The truck pulled the lines down and broke three power poles, Romero said.

He said this caused the circuit at the substation to shut off power. Romero explained if the power was still running through those lines, it could damage them by melting the wires.

"We try to respond as fast as we can and as safely as we can," Romero said.