A massive power outage Aug. 2 pitched nearly 4,600 households into the dark, along the U.S. Highway 285 corridor, from Shawnee to Tiny Town. The power went down at about 10:35 p.m. and did not come back on until about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 3.
Sedalia-based Intermountain Rural Electric Association reported that a fire damaged an Xcel Energy transmission line pole that provides power to IREA’s grid. The line was in a very remote area and its location hindered repairs.
Within three hours, most of the power from Richmond Hill to the Bailey and Shawnee area was restored, but the residents who live in Conifer down to Tiny Town were still without power.
The King Soopers in Aspen Park was running on generator power and was able to stay open and take care of customers. The generator supplies power to lights and the cash registers.