ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It has been two-and-a-half days after the storm that slammed the metro area and more than 1,300 PNM customers are still without power.
It might not be until the end of Tuesday before everyone is back online.
PNM says nearly 1,400 customers are still without power, 1,200 in the metro area and the rest in Sandoval and Valencia Counties.
They have already restored power to 96 percent of the 30,000 customers who went dark on Friday.
KRQE News 13 caught crews Monday in southeast Albuquerque near the Sunport.
It is second time they have been in that neighborhood.
That is because crews have had to put temporary fixes on the damaged lines. Then they had to wait for tree crews to take down massive problems and then power crews can do permanent repairs.
They have had to call in tree crews from across PNM's other New Mexico sites, as well as five private tree crews and electrical workers from out of state.
Each repair can take hours and only alleviate power for one to a couple dozen homes.
"At a point now where we're getting into the individual customer level it is those types of things where trees are on line, different things like that, and that's the part that's continuing to make the restoration take so long," Aubrey Johnson, vice president of New Mexico operations, said.
PNM says restoration will still take time.
For some customers it will likely be at least another day.
The utility company hopes to have power restored to about 99 percent of its customer base by the end of Tuesday.
This is the first time PNM has ever called in crews from out of state in its whole history.
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