4 counties see widespread power outages Thursday morning

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DENVER — With temperatures dropping well below zero overnight, many homeowners were thankful for their furnaces and heating systems. But for thousands of residents in Boulder, GIlpin, Jefferson and Park counties, power outages prevented them from doing so.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, calls reporting power outages started coming in around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning. A scan of Xcel Energy’s website showed that residents in Nederland, Boulder, Bailey, Conifer, Evergreen, Idaho Springs, Black Hawk and Golden all experienced some sort of power outage Thursday morning.

As of 4:45 a.m., Xcel was reporting that 1,446 residents in the Boulder/Nederland area were without power. However, as of 5:30 a.m., power had been restored to most residents in the area.

In Black Hawk, residents were reporting that most of the cities traffic signals were out, and some casinos and hotels said they were running on backup generators. Professional poker player Bryan Devonshire tweeted about the Black Hawk outages, as well.

Platte Canyon School District in Park County closed its schools Thursday due to similar power issues. According to the Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA) website, they were also working a large power outage in the Conifer area on Thursday morning.

There was no word from either Xcel or the IREA about what was causing the outages as of early Thursday morning.