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Heavy snow leaves 16,000 without power in central Idaho

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Power officials say nearly 16,000 customers are without power in central Idaho due to multiple downed power lines. The utility company says severe weather conditions caused the power outages in Valley County on Monday. The power went out just hours after utility crews had finished restoring outages in Valley County that had occurred over the weekend and early Monday morning. Heavy snow and broken branches broke multiple power lines in McCall, Donnelly and Cascade areas for more than 10,000 customers. Idaho Power had no immediate estimate when the power would be back on.

Meanwhile, the Idaho Transportation Department reports that U.S. Highway 95 is closed in both directions between Council and New Meadows due to "extremely hazardous driving conditions" on the roadway caused by heavy snow and falling trees. ITD advises checking for the latest road conditions. UPDATE: Highway 95 was reopened at 11 p.m., but ITD continues to advise drivers to check conditions before going.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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