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UPDATE: Tohono O'odham power outage expected to last into late Wednesday

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TOHONO O'ODHAM NATION, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A significant power outage affecting 3,500 utility customers on the Tohono O'odham Nation has resulted in the closure of the tribal offices and a lack of water pressure in many areas.

According to a news release, the outage began at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8. Crews discovered a damaged circuit switcher on the main power supply line to the nation.

Power is expected to be out until Wednesday, May 10.

The Tohono O'odham Utility Authority maintains water systems that require electricity. Customers on these systems may experience a drop in water pressure.

Water systems in Vamori, Cowlic, Fresnal, Ak Chin Village, Mountain Village and Kohatk may be affected. Customers are encouraged to use water efficiently during the power outage.

All Baboquivari schools were closed on Tuesday and Wednesday because of the lack of power.

Emergency services including the tribe's Department of Public Safety, police department, Office of Emergency Management, hospital and health care facilities are being powered by emergency generators and are fully operational.

Crews are working to replace the damaged switch. The testing process is expected to last until late Wednesday.

The San Xavier and Gila Bend districts are not affected by the outage.

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