Power restored after raccoon causes widespread outage in Aurora

AURORA, Colo. -- Several thousand customers lost power in Aurora early Friday morning after a raccoon got into a large piece of equipment, Xcel Energy said.

The outage hit just before 4 a.m. and some customers in Denver also lost power.

Just before 5 a.m., Xcel Energy reported nearly 27,000 customers had lost power. Just before 6 a.m., the outage was down to just more than 14,000.

Just after 7 a.m., Xcel said all power had been restored.

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Areas mostly affected were from Yosemite Street on the west, Colfax Avenue on the north, Sable Boulevard on the east and Alameda Avenue on the south.

Traffic signals were out in the area and police advised people to avoid the area until power was restored.

Several crews were on the scene working to restore power, though Xcel officials said it's a slow process.

"Plan ahead for your morning drive and avoid traveling in these areas if possible to avoid delays in your commute," police said.

RTD said power was lost at the bus garage that could lead to delays on 15, 15L, 65, 73, 105, 121, 130, 133, 135, 139, 153, 169, 169L and P routes.

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