Power outage in Moapa Valley affects thousands

(KTNV) — Many towns north of Las Vegas were without power for nearly half a day.

“It was pretty miserable, with the heat and two freezers and fridges full of food.”

Not only a problem for homes but also for businesses.

Brian Rebman’s mortuary business has come to a halt.

With a funeral planned and no power to preserve the deceased, there was a deadly emergency.

“We moved un-embalmed remains to another facility in Las Vegas where there was refrigeration.”

Rebman was one of thousands affected by the power outage at the Moapa substation.

His morgue has been in Longdale for 30 years.

He says he’s experienced power cuts before, but never 11 a.m.

“I had a family going to a church service and they ended up going to a morgue and doing things in the dark.”

Customer service supervisor Kristi Eames says she started work at 3 a.m., calling customers to let them know of their emergency services, including locations with power and cooling stations.

She says there was no medical emergency.

“It’s very hard for people to panic, gas stations weren’t open so they couldn’t get fuel, they want to know what time it will be back, worried about the food in their fridges.”

All power has been fully restored to everyone affected by this power outage and Overton Power District officials say they are monitoring these incoming storms very closely to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.

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