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ARIZONA CITY — Arizona Public Service Co. is going to turn off power to a west-side section of Arizona for about eight hours on Wednesday.

The planned outage from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is to allow APS work crews time to complete needed upgrades in the area.

“To safely complete this work, an (8)-hour planned service interruption is required. We will make every effort to adhere to our planned schedule, however, please be aware power outage start and end times can be altered by weather and other construction-related issues outside our control,” APS wrote in a letter to Arizona City customers.

APS recommends customers in the affected area keep their refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible during the outage.

The company also recommends people remove their cars from garages and shops with electrically powered doors, turn off and unplug sensitive electrical equipment like computers and televisions, notify security monitoring companies and make special arrangements for anything impacted by a power outage.

Crews will be removing a pole and replacing it with a new one. They’ll also be doing an upgrade with new underground cable. The upgrade is an investment in reliability for those customers, according to Jill Hanks, APS spokeswoman.

The impacted area will be Idalia Drive to Grayback Drive and Lamb Road to Century Drive in Arizona City — which includes about 490 customers.

“Disrupting service is never our first option,” said Hanks. “Sometimes in order to complete the work and keep everyone safe, we need to turn off the electricity. We understand this is an inconvenience for customers and we appreciate their patience. With a planned outage like this, we send notification in advance to impacted customers. The hope with a planned outage is that customers have time to make arrangements and can avoid having the power go out unexpectedly at a later date, for a longer duration and perhaps during the hot summer months.”

Arizona City Elementary School is not affected by the power outage and will have a regular class schedule.

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Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.

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