Snow storm cleanup will take several days

Idaho Falls

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Courtesy Eric Kim

IDAHO FALLS — Power crews will be in cleanup mode for the next several days following Saturday’s snow storm.

The storm caused significant damage to electrical infrastructure after numerous snow-laden broken branches and fallen trees took out power lines throughout Idaho Falls. Dozens of seperate outages were reported.

As of Sunday morning, power had been restored to almost everyone, but some 47 customers are still without electricity. Officials say getting power back to everyone is their top priority Sunday.

“A heartfelt thank you to the crews that worked so many hours in weather most of us stayed out of yesterday, and into the night,” Idaho Falls Power General Manager, Jackie Flowers said in a news release. “We had members from other crews in metering, substations, electricians, communications and tree trimming join our line crews. Long hours, little opportunity to pause – they gave their all. They were our yesterday heroes – and should be everyday heroes.”

For Idaho Falls Power customers who are still experiencing an outage call (208) 612-8430.

For those customers who called Idaho Falls Power yesterday to report a tree on a wire, crews will be working on tree trimming for days to come, according to a news release.

Idaho Falls Zoo reopens

City officials report the Idaho Falls Zoo has reopened today for the last day of the season. The zoo will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

However, some animals will not be in their exhibits due to downed fences or tree removal.

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