Nearly 200 condos and cabins have sustained major damage after a 20-hour loss of electricity in the resort town of Brian Head, Utah.
"We are expecting more than 200 units to have sustained damage when we are done as we're still in the process of testing individual units," Gaylen Matheson, Brian Head building inspector, said in the St. George Daily Spectrum. "From the units I've seen, you wonder what cruise missile just came through the ceiling. It's pretty bad."
Operations at the Brian Head Resort haven't been affected by the outage, said Jon Christoffersen at the southern Utah resort, which began about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and lasted 20 hours. All lifts are running, he said, and the base lodges are open and warm. The impact on the upcoming Presidents Week holiday remains to be seen.
"It did, of course, come during some of the coldest weather we've had, but we were fortunate that staff was around, and they turned on faucets and kept our pipes from freezing," Christoffersen told OnTheSnow. "Of course, there are far fewer rentals on the market now."
High winds were blamed for damaging an insulator that fell on a distribution line in a remote area down Parowan Canyon, according to Rocky Mountain Power Co.
Town officials estimated that about one-third of the rental properties sustained varying degrees of damage, which will likely cost in the millions to fix. Repairs to condos and cabins will take a minimum of six weeks before units could be livable, Mayor Dutch Deutschlander told the Spectrum. Deutschlander is the homeowner's association representative for Brian Head Village where 14 units sustained enough damage to be entirely gutted.
"So much water came in and froze the units that you couldn't even get in," Deutschlander said. "There were four units that I had to pound on the door and could get a key in but the locks were frozen."
Very few of the units of the 13 condo complexes and 16 cabins were occupied at the time of the outage, according to reports.