SALT LAKE CITY — For roughly 1,800 people across northern Utah, Monday marked the seventh day without electricity since a chaotic windstorm knocked over thousands of trees, damaged scores of homes and left nearly 200,000 people along the Wasatch Front and into parts of Wyoming and Idaho without power.
Most of the outages are now confined to the east bench area of Salt Lake City and neighborhoods south of Ogden, according to Spencer Hall, spokesman for Rocky Mountain Power, who told the Deseret News Monday that about 98% of the company’s customers affected have had their power restored.
Since 1 p.m. Sunday, the company has restored power to nearly 7,000 people, according to data from Rocky Mountain Power’s website. The remaining 1,800 customers are in smaller pockets that Hall said are harder to both pinpoint and repair.
“Earlier we could do one repair and get 500 customers back on, now we do one repair and get one home, so it’s slow going,” he said.
Crews from Rocky Mountain will work through Tuesday in hopes of restoring power to the remaining customers. Hall said there will be outliers — some homes sustained major damage from the historic winds, and will need an electrician before the power is back.
But he hopes that by Tuesday evening, all but a few will be out of the dark.
“We understand how frustrating this is,” he said. “We know it’s really hard with people working from home and school starting back up.”