Update: Power restored to Carson Valley
Power has been restored to Carson Valley, while 5,514 Lake Tahoe customers are still in the dark after a fire in the NV Energy Substation at Roundhill at Lake Tahoe knocked electricity out to nearly 9,000 Douglas County power company customers.
The outage was first reported at 8:11 a.m. The power company estimates power will be restored by 11 a.m.
Power was restored to Carson Valley at around 9 a.m.
Officials are reporting the traffic lights on Highway 88 at the intersections with Highway 395 and with Mottsville are not functioning.
While most of the customers affected are at Lake Tahoe, there are more than 2,200 homes and businesses affected in Carson Valley.
Tahoe-Douglas firefighters responded to the report that the substation was on fire at 8:10 a.m.
Firefighters report the fire is contained and that NV Energy crews are en route. The fire is due to an apparent mechanical failure, according to the fire district’s twitter feed.
According to the district, the fire was confined to the substation, and there were no injuries.
Two backup transmission lines that might have prevented the outage from being so widespread are down. The Glenbrook backup transmission line was damaged in the Voltaire Canyon fire and the Kingsbury line is under construction.
The power company web site at NVEnergy.com estimated restoration of power by 11 a.m.
Liberty Utilities reports the outage is affecting about 5,500 customers in the Markleville/SLT area due to fire at a NV Energy substation that feeds into Liberty’s sytem. No estimated restoration time yet but customers are advised to prepare for extended outage.