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For one Arizona resident, blackout hit close to home

September 9, 2011 |  2:52 pm

Click here for more photos of the blackout. Monica Clark, 32, lives down the street from the North Gila substation, which is located northeast of Yuma, Ariz., and where a power employee is believed to have tripped a transmission line that runs from Arizona to Southern California.

She can see the station from her front porch, along with lettuce and cotton farms.

Clark said she initially thought the power outage was from a car accident, but electrical poles were recently replaced with steel poles that are more sturdy, making such outages less likely.

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Her power was only out for a couple of hours, and she even had a 45-minute period in that time when power was briefly restored.

"There wasn't much activity or chaos going on," she said of the area.

She also said she didn't know that the same grid that connects to her house stretches to Mexico.

"It just baffles my mind how one person can cause so much chaos," she said.


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-- Nicole Santa Cruz in Yuma, Ariz.

Photo: Monica Clark looks out toward the North Gila substation in Yuma, Ariz, where a power employee is believed to have triggered Thursday's blackout. Credit: Nicole Santa Cruz / Los Angeles Times