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APS Works To Repair Downed Power Poles After Phoenix-Area Storm

The recent storms affecting the Valley have also caused utility companies to work overtime to make sure residents have power. At its peak, more than 15,000 Arizona Public Service customers were without power Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

Jenna Shaver, spokeswoman for APS, said utility workers have needed to replace hundreds of wooden power poles that have been knocked down due to the storms.

“Part of our restoration work is working to harden the grid. So where we can, when a wood pole goes down, we will replace that with a steel pole,” Shaver said.

Shaver said most of the downed power lines were caused by strong winds. 

Strong storms earlier in the monsoon season caused power poles to topple over leaving state utility companies to clean up and try to quickly restore power to residents.

Shaver said the storms caused widespread damage to the APS system.

“Since June, we’ve replaced more than 2,600 poles. That’s a 35-percent increase than our typical summer average,” Shaver said.

According to the National Weather Service, Arizona’s 2015 monsoon season will end Sept. 30.

 

Katherine Fritcke Producer, Morning Edition Katherine Fritcke is the Morning Edition Producer for KJZZ. Fritcke was born and raised in Scottsdale. After deciding to leave the Arizona heat, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed public media junkie who can't get enough of programs like "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."