Avalanche wiped out power to Colorado town

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The southern Colorado town of Ophir is recovering from a massive avalanche that took out electrical power to the residents and businesses on Thursday.

Ophir is in San Miguel County and near the popular ski resort of Telluride. It has about 200 residents. The sheriff’s office indicated the avalanche was about 20 feet deep and closed the Ophir Road which is the only way to get in and out of the town. The avalanche also buried the power infrastructure for the town.

Some power had been partially restored to the town as of late Thursday.