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Xcel Energy: 47,000 customers in Colorado still without power

300 additional workers will assist crews Thursday
Posted at 7:59 AM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 00:19:02-04

DENVER -- Xcel Energy brought an additional 300 workers to Colorado on Thursday to help restore power after Wednesday's blizzard.

As of Thursday evening, 47,000 customers were still without power. Power was restored to almost 350,000 customers who lost service on Wednesday.

Crews have been responding to multiple problems, including snapped distribution lines, which included one at Josephine and 47th Avenue in the Elyria Swansea neighborhood.

"With the rain, snow and high winds yesterday, it was a combination of a storm and a statewide emergency where we had many poles broken — feeders that went out," said Xcel spokesperson Hollie Velasquez Horvath.

Wednesday's blizzard caused outages that lasted anywhere from minutes to several hours. About 500 crews worked throughout the day responding to reports.

"We know that it's inconvenient for customers to be out of power especially during a storm like this, so we appreciate their patience," Horvath said.

If you are still without power, report it to Xcel energy. You can track outages on Xcel's outage map.

A spokesperson for the company told Denver7 Xcel crews will be working into the weekend to complete restoration of electricity work.