Xcel Energy says 4,600 customers without natural gas, 517 without electricity in flood zones

As of Tuesday morning, Xcel Energy reports 4,600 customers are without natural gas service and 517 are without electricity in the communities that the company serves within the flood area.

In the city of Boulder, 275 customers remain without electricity. Several utility poles need to be replaced before power can be restored, Xcel said.

In Greeley, some customers have had power restored, but the lights will have to stay off for 242 other customers until water recedes enough to allow more utility poles to be repaired or replaced.

"We will make temporary repairs, in some cases, to restore service to customers and return later to make permanent repairs," Xcel explained in a posting on their website.

Restoring natural gas service in Boulder County is also a work in progress. Crews are working to re-pressurize gas lines near Blue Mountain Estates, Pinebrook and near the area of Highway 36 and Middle Fork.

In Denver, Xcel reports that electricity was recently restored to 44 customers near 144th Avenue between Irving and Washington streets after water levels decreased enough for equipment to be repaired.

In Longmont, a natural gas line near County Road 29 and Waterdale is being re-pressurized Tuesday to restore service to part of that city. After repairs were completed in Morgan County, and Xcel crews are being sent to light gas appliances in Weldona and the Fort Morgan County Club area.

Meanwhile, Longmont Power and Communications restored electricity Tuesday afternoon to homes between Longmont and Lyons as well as some customers in Lyons, Longmont police said. Remaining outages are limited to areas where LPC cannot gain access or customers are not yet ready for service. LPC customers who do not have power and are ready for service should call 303-776-0011, police said.

Similar work is underway in Sterling and in Weld County, where a broken natural gas line will be capped near North Quentin Avenue and Highway 60. Xcel says the repair in Weld County could restore power to the Johnstown water treatment plant.

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