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Wed February 2, 2011
El Paso Electric: Grid Is Stable; More Outages Likely
By KRWG News
Las Cruces – El Paso Electric Company has notified the Dona Ana County Emergency Operations Center that the local power grid is stable, however with much colder temperatures expected overnight, additional planned, rolling blackouts are likely to occur. El Paso Electric will have crews activated 24/7 to keep power flowing to as many customers as possible at any given time.
Residents and businesses are strongly encouraged to conserve power in all possible ways until the weather warms up again.
County-wide, law-enforcement agencies are seeing a sharp uptick in vehicle collisions due to poor driving conditions. The situation will worsen as night falls and moisture on the surface becomes black ice. Motorists are strongly encouraged to stay off the roads except for emergencies, and to exercise extreme caution, low speed and plenty of space between vehicles in traffic to minimize collisions.
The Dona Ana County Emergency Operations Center has been activated as of 7 a.m. today to marshal resources as needed throughout the county.
The Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority is operating normally to receive both emergency 911 calls and non-emergency calls at (575) 526-0795.