Monsoon Storms bring Labor Day Power Outages
For most people, Labor Day Weekend means a time of rest. For others, it's a time to catch up on outdoor projects before the season changes, but this year for our line crews, Mother Nature had other plans. On September 2nd a storm passing through brought rain, wind and lightning that caused damage to our system.
That evening, at approximately 8:30 P.M., our outage response center began receiving a significant number of calls. We immediately began mobilizing our line crews. The biggest of the problems was handled first, the breaker on our transmission line between Deming and Columbus had tripped leaving over 1,500 accounts without power. Our crews were able to isolate the problem area, separating the damage from the rest of the system, and bring the transmission line back in service by 9:30 P.M.
At this point most everyone's power was restored with the exception of the Hermanas area and a few accounts on the U.S./Mexico border. The isolated damage consisted of six downed poles, several broken cross arms and blown fuses.
The repair of the downed poles was complicated by the fact they were located in an area that either had pockets of standing water or the ground was saturated. Our line crews continued working diligently throughout the night and by 3:30 A.M. the following morning everyone had power. This same storm also caused a few small outages in the Rodeo and Antelope Wells area as it moved from west to east.
We often take power-and the people who provide it- for granted. Power restoration takes precedence on a line worker's to do list. These brave people are always on call, standing by to serve you 24 hours a day, whether it be in the middle of the night or the wee hours of the morning, weekends or holidays. These highly skilled people light our homes and businesses every day. They endure harsh weather and long hours, all to make our lives better. Today (and every day), please take a moment to thank them.
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