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Suspected equipment failure causes 600+ Colorado Springs customers to lose power Friday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- According to Colorado Springs Utilities, crews responded to a reported outage in downtown Colorado Springs affecting more than 600 customers.

A utility spokesman said that the outage was first reported around 9:30 a.m.; below is a look at the outage map at 10:20 a.m.

Due to the outage, multiple traffic lights went out. Springs Utilities said this was along Cimarron Street, Colorado Avenue and Limit Street; some signals also were out along Cascade Avenue.

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People were asked to proceed with caution and treat all dark intersections as four-way stops.

The outage also knocked power out to several government buildings, including El Paso County's Centennial Hall.

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"When the power goes out, it does affect us tremendously," said communications director Vernon Stewart. "You know, a lot of our work is done electronically, and it's difficult to have meetings in the dark, but you know, we adapt and overcome. We sent some employees home to work from there."

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At 11:30 a.m., Springs Utilities said that service had been restored; the suspected cause of the outage was a "localized equipment failure."

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