SW IDAHO -- According to Idaho Power, thousands of customers may still be in the dark due to Monday night's intense storm winds that snapped dozens of power poles and ripped roofs off buildings.
Those without power are in a wide area stretching from eastern Oregon to the Magic Valley. Residents in McCall, Donnelly,Garden Valley, and Lowman are among those hardest hit.
At the peak, 52,000 Idaho Power customers were without electricity. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Idaho Power reported 7,000 customers were still without power throughout parts of southern Idaho.
Crews put on mandatory safety rest
Lynette Berriochoa with Idaho Power told KTVB that repair crews are expected to take most of Tuesday to repair broken infrastructure in many areas affected.
The reason?Berrichoa says the majority of workers were put on mandatory safety rest until 3 p.m. Tuesday, and will likely work throughout the night afterward.
Berrichoa also said that storm winds felled around 150 to 200 power poles from Boise to Twin Falls, calling that fact pretty extreme.
Meanwhile, in Canyon County where many of the intense storms hit first, officials with the sheriff's office handled hundreds of complaints from citizens throughout the night.
Lt. Donia Ballard told KTVB that at least one sheriff's deputy was needed to patrol near downed power lines until 6 a.m. to prevent people from injury due to live wires near McDermott and Dye roads. Idaho Power has since repaired those power lines.
Officials caution those who encounter damaged power lines or poles not to go near them, and call the Idaho Power emergency line at 1-800-488-6151.