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Lake Pueblo boat owners were only notified through a Facebook group about power outage

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO)-- The electricity is shut down permanently at North Shore Marina on Lake Pueblo. The owner and operator of the North Shore Marina, Connie Jack believes it will cost millions of dollars to fix the electricity. She does not see the power coming on anytime soon.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) said that the marina is dangerously out of compliance with the National Electrical Code, which governs electrical wiring standards nationwide. CPW said this is according to a preliminary report by an independent electrician hired to review the marina's wiring system.

CPW turned off the power at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Jack said she was notified 2 hours before the power was shut off.

Boat owners that use the marina said they're frustrated that they received no phone call. They found out through a Facebook post. Jack said it was unnecessary to call all 600 boat owners. She said the ranger asked for the numbers but thought it was too short of notice to reach people.

"I did not. I did not give them those numbers. Usually, we could tell, like, two or three people and certain scenarios, and they tell other people, and it didn't take long for everybody to know that. And then their phone has been ringing off the hook, and we're talking to everybody that we can. And there was no other way other than Facebook," said Jack.

Jack said she has been the owner and operator for around 20 years. On December 31, 2022, her contract will be up, meaning she will no longer run or operate the marina. She said she has no idea who will run or operate the marina when she leaves or who will pay for the electrical repairs.

"I'm really sad about it, but my last day here would be December 31. If I sold everything I had, I still wouldn't have enough to go and fix the wiring and bring it up to code for the electrical," said Jack.

One boat owner, Jack Dennison, said he has had a boat on the North shore marina for over 12 years. He was packing up his boat Thursday.

Boat owner packing

"It's our heart, it's our joy. It means everything to us. And the idea that we may lose this weather slip temporarily or permanently is just it's just hard to imagine. My wife just tells me over and over again how heartsick she is. She cries. And when she's not crying, she says, I'm about to cry. So it's just a terrible thing that's happened to us," said Dennison.

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