Lights back on after big snowfall knocks out power to Arizona community

Mar 3, 2017, 1:05 PM | Updated: 2:37 pm
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PHOENIX — A nearly 20-inch snowfall in northern Arizona left a small community without power for three days.

Utility company Arizona Public Service said about 3,000 homes in the Munds Parks area south of Flagstaff made do without electricity for about half the week, after heavy snow knocked trees into power lines Tuesday.

The National Weather Service reported the rural Coconino County area got 18 inches of snow during the storm.

By Thursday about 100 homes were still in the dark, according to the Arizona Daily Sun.

“We have about 3,300 homes in the Park, but I would say only 25 percent of them are occupied,” Pinewood Fire District Capt. Josh Tope told the newspaper.

Power company spokeswoman Annie DeGraw told the Daily Sun, “The terrain is solid rock, so we have had to use jackhammers to make room for new power lines.”

Northern Arizona cities Flagstaff, Bellemont and Kachina Village received between 12 and 18 inches of snow from the storm.

Nearby snow play areas Wing Mountain and Flagstaff Snow Park expected to be open Saturday.

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Lights back on after big snowfall knocks out power to Arizona community