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Nearly 5,000 from Tiny Town to Conifer could be without power until Wednesday

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CONIFER, Colo. — Nearly 5,000 customers with the Intermountain Rural Electric Association could be without power until Wednesday morning, a spokesman said Monday.

An Xcel Energy transmission line broke late Sunday night, causing the outage to about 4,800 customers between Tiny Town and Conifer, IREA spokesman Josh Liss said.

The Xcel line, which provides power to IREA’s grid in the area, goes along Highway 285 from C-470 to a substation near Tiny Town.

Because the line is in a remote, rugged area that is difficult for crews to reach, there is no estimate for when power will be restored.

But in a news release, IREA said the outage could extend through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

IREA said it will send generators to the affected areas and mobile charging stations so people can charge their phones.

The cause of the break is under investigation.