A good number of Valley County residents ate dinner by candlelight and tossed more wood on the fire Sunday night as a big power outage hit the county. It was the second major power outage in Valley County in less than a week.
Approximately 10,000 Idaho Power customers were in the dark and, as of late Sunday night, 1,400 people west of Lake Cascade were still without power.
Idaho Power reported Monday morning the power had been restored to most of the homes, as crews worked to isolate and fix the problem while walking through knee-deep snow. Crews needed to deploy snowmobiles, a snowcat and even a helicopter to reach the damaged power lines.
According to Idaho Power's outage map Monday morning
, about 200 customers northeast of the Valley County city of Cascade were still without power, with crews patrolling for the cause of the damage. Smaller outages were reported near the Adams County communities of New Meadows and Council.
Only a week prior, a series of accidents triggered by heavy, wet snow began in the morning hours of Dec. 13, taking out power lines to about 1,100 Valley County residents.