Story by Stephanie Hull and Sonja Carlson
Approximately 44,165 customers have been without power in Rexburg, Shelley, Idaho Falls, Ammon, Rigby and surrounding areas.
According to an official statement from Rocky Mountain Power, the company was required to interrt service to some 49,000 customers in Idaho at 5:11 a.m. Wednesday. A circuit breaker in the Goshen Substation near Firth was out of service for critical maintenance this week and caused a technical problem.
“Unfortunately, conditions on the transmission system developed this morning that could possibly have created an even larger-scale outage. As a result, transmission regulations required Rocky Mountain Power to interrt service to Idaho customers until stability for the transmission system can be assured. This is a precautionary measure; there is not an overload condition,” according to Rocky Mountain Power.
Power was restored to the BYU-Idaho campus at 10:00 a.m. this morning. However, power is still down across parts of Rexburg. Classes will resume at 12:45 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Power and Bonneville Power Administration have asked some local power companies to shed electric loads due to a problem with the transmission system. More than 50,000 people are without power.
Rexburg Police advise people to stay in their homes, and to stay warm. Brigham Young University – Idaho is telling students to come to the I-Center or the MC if they get too cold in their apartments. The university has a separate back- power system.
Some Rexburg residents have been experiencing restored power since 10:10 a.m., but Rocky Mountain Power is advising customers to take steps and be prepared to be without service until later this afternoon.