Wind-blown debris causes power out |

Wind-blown debris causes power out

Staff report

Blowing plastic wrapped around power lines and left Carson City south of Fairview Drive all the way to Indian Hills in the dark for an hour Wednesday afternoon.

Gary Aldax of Sierra Pacific Power Co. said the power went out at 1:26 p.m. after a switch locked open in the Overland substation.

Linda Lippincott, who lives at the intersection of Overland Street and Ponderosa Drive, said she called the power company and got the automated line which told her it would be two to four hours before the power was back on.

“I hate the automated phone teller,” she said. “We only have one phone that’s not on the phone system.”

The Lippincotts are not strangers to Western Nevada power outages. Linda’s husband, Clyde, lived in Carson City when the only power lines to the area burned in 1961 and the power was out for three days.

“I haven’t got any lights, but I’ve got plenty of hurricane lamps,” she said. “If the power is out for four hours, I can go out to the motor home and make dinner.”

Indian Hills businesses, including Wal-Mart and Staples, were dark while the power was out, one caller said.

Wind gusts of up to 40 mph blew through Carson City on Tuesday, knocking down tree limbs. There were at least two reports of trees blowing down, including one at Saliman and Sonoma streets.