Apr 29, 2013 8:18 PM by Erika Flores

Broken anchor brings power poles down, 21 remain without power

TUCSON-TEP crews are working to turn the lights back on for customers near I-10.

Overnight, six poles on Gardner between Runway and La Cholla came down. It could take up to two days before the damage is fixed.

Despite the power outage, some businesses in the area remain open but it's been quite a challenge for them to operate in the dark. They're without computer access and access to Runway Dr. to accept deliveries.

At Steeler, workers left the door open to let just enough light in. "It's just tough to move all our materials around," said Patrick Eddy from Steeler, Inc.

With their computers and phones out of service, "We can't get a hold of anybody or anybody calling in so (there's) not a lot we can do besides wait for people to show up today," said Eddy.

They're also resorting to handwritten sales orders.

"Tonight I'm going to take everything home and email from my personal computer to my corporate offices to fill out," said Eddy.

Next door, at Superior Pool Products, road barricades keep delivery trucks out, so an employee has to make his way to the truck and drag the delivery onto a forklift then make his way back to the store.

"Trying to work through whatever this is," said Manny Sanchez of Superior Pool Products.

Workers are cleaning and stocking products in the dark.

They hope they can be up and running soon.

"It's horrible. There are a lot of people that depend on us, and as of today, we won't be able to service anybody, but we are doing what we can," said Sanchez.

TEP said a broken anchor that supports one of the power poles caused it to come down and that pole pulled the other five down.

Crews will work overnight to try to restore power to the remaining 21 customers by Tuesday, but it could take up to two to three days.


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