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Ajijic powered up after Good Friday blackout

A major electrical trunk feeding Ajijic was repaired Tuesday, April 3 following a widespread blackout that struck the previous Friday, a day when the town was packed with residents and visitors.

The power failure was caused when a garbage truck that made a sharp turn off the highway at the corner of Galena just after 10 a.m., slamming into a concrete electrical pole and severing it in half.  A crew from the CFE utility company arrived on the scene within minutes to carry out a temporary fix to raise fallen wires and stabilize the broken pole. Power was fully restored between La Floresta and the western suburbs by 2 p.m.

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Meanwhile, at the San Andrés church, the staging of traditional Easter Passion Play proceeded almost on schedule, with only a half-hour delay while a generator was hooked up to get the sound system operating.

CFE workmen returned early Tuesday morning to install and rewire a new pole with upgraded equipment, finishing the job around 4 p.m. Electrical service was suspended in central Ajijic during that lapse. Although motorists encountered significant traffic backups along the highway while the work was under way, municipal Tránsito officers kept vehicles flowing as best as possible under the circumstances.

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