Snapped pole causes outage on city’s west side

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

A crane on a railroad track clipped a power line about 4 p.m. on Tuesday causing a power outage on the west side of Tucumcari, said Tucumcari City Manager John Sutherland.

No one was injured in the mishap, said an Union Pacific supervisor at the site of the accident.

Homeowners could experience water shortages as well as lighting and cooling appliance failures because of the downed lines, Sutherland said.

“The Xcel power company contacted the city and informed us that it would be four or more hours before power could be restored,” said Sutherland.

“Hopefully, we’ll have it fixed in about five hours,” said Xcel worker Royden Lopez about 4:50 p.m.

At the scene there was a snapped power pole in a field with power lines stretching across Quay Road 62.9 and the railroad tracks.
“The loss of power also affected the water pumps on the west side of town and some residents may experience low water pressure or a shortage of water until the power is restored,” Sutherland said.

The Tucumcari Convention Center, the Quay County Fairgrounds and Shipley’s Business Systems were without power.
Earlier in the day, two power poles were affected when they were hit by a city garbage truck, said Alex Madrid, a city supervisor.

The poles were located on Barnes Street.