1,600 customers deal with power outage in South Central El Paso

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 12:56am

Life also came to standstill for thousands of El Paso residents and businesses in the Alameda area as they dealt with a power outage caused by the downed lines.
Power was restored to more than 1600 customers around 9 pm Tuesday but it was a long night for those residents as they waited for the lights to come back on.

The star on the franklin mountain is one of the only things that lights up Raul Hernandez's walk this evening. "Walking and then so they won't get hungry. You know, just keep them busy,” Raul Hernandez, a father of two told us. Like many of the residents in the Alameda area, Raul was surprised to find the electricity had completely zapped out. "Everybody's power was off and then I was like 'wow.'"

Raul wasn't the only resident whose plans were stalled by the blackout. "We were going to Food City and it was closed,” Ignasias Sandate said. Sandate told us she just was on her way to the grocery store only to find herself in front of closed doors. "It's a problem for all of us."

The black out and traffic back-ups also almost delayed a big concert downtown. Concert organizers for Queens of the Stone Age considered delaying Tuesday’s show at the Abraham Chavez Theater. Which fans said would have been disappointing.

Ultimately, the show went on as planned and concert-goers rocked the night away.

Meanwhile, Raul and his family continued walking. "Well I was going to make dinner for the kids and get them that bath; they can't even do their homework. There's no light,” Hernandez added while they waited for the lights to come back on.


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