Utility crews finished repairing hundreds to power lines in a major transmission corridor that were knocked down by a storm that also left some Imperial Irrigation District customers near the Salton Sea without electricity, the utility company announced Saturday.

The Aug. 30 storm, described by an IID board member as “an act of God,” toppled 118 power poles, including 107 on several transmission lines, and caused about 1,400 customers to lose power, according to the IID.

After emergency repairs were made, all power was restored in the North Shore area on Sept. 3, ending the four-day outage.

However, repairs to crucial transmission lines that run between Calipatria and Niland in Imperial County were not completed until Friday, the IID said.

“We really appreciate the hard work of all crews who worked tirelessly through this restoration effort, as there was extensive damage caused by the storm,” IID Energy Manager Marilyn Del Bosque Gilbert said.

The restoration of the transmission lines will allow geothermal plants impacted by the outage to return to service, officials said.

The IID held a special board meeting after the outage and declared a local emergency, meaning the utility can be reimbursed for expenses made in the effort to restore power from the state once approved by Riverside County.

The IID serves electricity to more than 150,000 customers in parts of Riverside and San Diego counties, and all of Imperial County.

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