SALT LAKE CITY — Three days after the destructive windstorm that swept through Northern Utah, the power has been restored to a large majority who lost electricity.
Speaking at Rose Park on Friday afternoon, Rocky Mountain Power President and CEO Gary Hoogeveen announced the numbers who are still without power.
"From a peak outage of 195,000 customers out, we're currently between 35,000-38,000 customers still remaining out." said Hoogeveen. "That is roughly 80-percent of customers at peak have been returned to service; but, of course, leaving just under 20-percent of our customers who were out, still out."
Over 130 crews are still out in the field attempting to return service to all customers as quickly as possible. Crews from Iowa and Nevada have been brought in to assist Rocky Mountain Power in the restoration efforts.
"We're truly sorry for the time it has taken to repair the damage and restore service." said Hoogeveen.
Hoogeveen says power is expected to be restored to all customers by the end of the weekend, a far cry from the previous estimate of Thursday.
The damage suffered during the storm was extensive and unparalleled, forcing Rocky Mountain Power to completely repair a large part of its network.
Those still without power are being told to continue to call the company and inform them of their status, even if they have previously done so. They should also make sure their email address and phone numbers are up-to-date so Rocky Mountain Power can reach out.
Hoogeveen ended the briefing with a promise to customers still in the dark three days after the storm.
"We won't quit until every customer impacted by this storm has been restored to service."