While many
parts of the Phoenix Metro area have recovered from Saturday’s pulverizing
storm, Arizona Public Service says it will take several days for one of the
hardest hit areas to get back to normal. 
Steven Gotfried with A-P-S says


customers living near the area of 59th
Avenue and Greenway are functioning on “temporary power wire ” as crews begin
the next step of clearing debris to make way for the permanent line.

Gotfried
says Forestry Service crews will use chainsaws to cut up the fallen wooden
poles while other crews gather up the downed wire. Meanwhile, he predicts 59th
and Greenway, where the traffic signals have been lying on the intersection
since Saturday afternoon, to reopen to traffic by Monday night.

Elsewhere,
Salt River Project spokesman Scott Harrelson says he was astonished to see some
metal poles, built to withstand Mother Nature’s worst fury, fall down. He says
heavy winds broke off the top of one of them.

Harrelson
says S-R-P’s regimen of preventative maintenance helped mitigate what could
have been even more damage, but although figures have yet to be determined, he
estimates this weekend storm alone can easily run into the tens of thousands of
dollars.

Phoenix Fire
Captain Ruben Saavedra is amazed that, despite the ferocity of this cold
front-driven system, there were “no significant water rescue calls or significant
flooding.”

–Barbara
Villa

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