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Power out again at Fort Irwin

STAFF WRITER

FORT IRWIN • For the third time since July 22, the power was knocked out at Fort Irwin, according to Director of Public Affairs Pamela Portland.

The post was hit by the outage at approximately 3 p.m. on Thursday after two power poles went down, Portland stated in an email.

Portland expected power to be restored by 6 p.m. Friday.

“All power is out except for those places that have been given portable generators or have standing generators,” Portland stated. “Both Headquarters have standing generators, the PX and Commissary have both standing and portable power. The 24-hour shopette is open and they have portable power.”

The Burger King and Popeye’s on the installation were also open on Friday, Portland stated.

According to Portland, soldiers immediately set up two locations where free 20-pound bags of ice were made available as needed to the families on the post.

Several cooling stations, providing air conditioning powered by generators, were set up and open to the community, according to Portland.

An string of events over the past month has left Fort Irwin without electricity. Power was knocked out on July 22 and again on Aug. 18, when two power lines went down due to a storm.

Another storm hit on Aug. 25, flooding the Army training center and causing extensive water damage. The dollar amount of damages Fort Irwin suffered in the flooding is still unknown.

Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.


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