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‘Catastrophic’ power station failure puts nearly 2,000 out of power in Southern Utah

Posted at 7:30 PM, Jul 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-07 17:08:52-04

PAROWAN, Utah — Residents of Brian Head, Paragonah, Parowan City and Parowan Valley are experiencing power outages due to a station failure.

In a press release from Parowan City, officials stated that Rocky Mountain Power’s Parowan Valley sub-station had a “catastrophic failure” that has affected these areas since early Saturday morning. There are 1,951 customers affected by power outages in the area, according to RMP’s website.

The city and power companies initially expected to have a temporary solution to restore power to Parowan City by 8 p.m. Sunday with rolling blackouts for the area, but those efforts have failed, according to an updated press release.

Rocky Mountain Power officials said power will not be available until the sub-station is repaired, and there are no other temporary options.

The power outages will also affect water supply; the city asks that residents not use culinary water for watering lawns until the situation is resolved.

The city also advises anyone with an in-home electric oxygen machine or other electrical medical equipment to contact their equipment service providers first. But if anything is lacking, Intermountain Home Health and Lincare are willing to provide 24/7 equipment delivery.

In case of emergency, call 911. For non-emergencies, Parowan Police Dispatch can be reached at 435-586-9445, and the city at 435-477-3331.

Residents can receive updates by signing up for the Iron County Citizen Alert System.