Major power outage leaves hundreds in brutal heat
Hundreds of Las Vegas residents on the east side of town suffered through the brutal heat Sunday night and into Monday, after a power outage took their homes off the grid.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Hundreds of Las Vegas residents on the east side of town suffered through the brutal heat Sunday night and into Monday, after a power outage took their homes off the grid.
At 9:30 p.m. Sunday, a vehicle slammed into a utility pole near Sandhill Road and Maryland, wiping out power for nearly 300 customers.
For almost 17 hours, many of them suffered through the heat.
Michelle Royco lives in the neighborhood and told Action News the impact devastated her. She couldn't go to work on Monday afternoon because she couldn't leave her dogs home alone in the heat, "I don't know what to do about my job. I can't call in today. I've called quite a few people to see if anyone can work for me but no one's answering."
NV Energy said this was the first major power outage to hit the Valley since temperatures started climbing.
"Our house is heating up fast," said neighbor Bobby Wilson. "It's just been excruciatingly hot."
Many residents told Action News they just loaded up on food, which has now spoiled.
"I just stalked up. I'm probably losing hundreds of dollars worth of meat. I have a big freezer in my garage," said Royco.
NV Energy said they had a few pockets of power outages around the Valley over the weekend, but none that were this significant.
Power was eventually restored to the community around 2:15 p.m. on Monday.
Also on Monday, the West Flamingo DMV had to close its doors because of air conditioning failures.