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Sparks fly at Shadow Run leaving residents without power for days

Residents at Shadow Run Condominiums in Steamboat Springs have been without electricity for several days after power to the units was interrupted Thursday afternoon. Management is optimistic that power could be restored sometime Wednesday. (Photo by John F. Russell)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — For the past six days, Steamboat Springs resident Brian Cofer and his fiancee have been living in a hotel room.

"I'm out $500 right now, out of pocket just for staying in the only hotel that I could find for the last two days, and the $200 worth of food in my pantry,” Cofer said. “That doesn't include the money that I've already spent on rent and food. "

Cofer lives in one of the 27 units at Shadow Run condominiums in Steamboat Springs that lost power Thursday afternoon and still are without electricity.

"The issue was reported to us on Thursday," said JJ Egloff, owner liaison for Mountain Resorts, which manages the property. "We were able to get ahold of Central Electric, who responded almost immediately with Yampa Valley Electric Association. They were at the property all afternoon Thursday until after midnight trying to investigate the source of that issue."

Power was temporarily restored late Thursday night, and Egloff said crews thought they had solved the problem.

"At noon on Friday, there started to be some sparks shooting out of some of the meters," Egloff said. "We had Central Electric and Yampa Valley Electric on site with us, and it was recommended to get the power shut off before there was a major safety issue. That's when the electricity to the building was shut off, and it has been off since that point."

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Egloff said he has been told the problems have nothing to do with current construction that is underway to replace the siding on the building.

"On Saturday, we went and bought little battery-operated lights and ice for people, and my team and I went over there and went door to door," Egloff said. "We asked if we could give them some ice or give them some lights … just trying to give the residents that stayed a little bit of relief. Based on what I saw, I would say about 50 percent of the building is occupied."

Egloff said parts to repair the problem arrived Monday afternoon, and he expects power to be restored by Wednesday.

"I have been gladly taking as many calls as I can handle in a single day," Egloff said. "I'm trying to give people as much the information that is appropriate, which is all of the information that I have, but it's just not the information that they want to hear. They want to hear that it's done, and your power is back up and running."

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

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