Winter Storm Socks Power System
Widespread outages hit members across DMEA
MAY 18, 2017 – A spring storm rolled in yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, May 17, bringing with it heavy wet snow and widespread outages across Delta-Montrose Electric Association’s ( DMEA) service territory. Snow began loading the lines and snapping tree branches as early as yesterday evening. It is estimated that approximately 4,500 members from across DMEA’s system were impacted by power interruptions.
Restoration efforts continued through the night and are still underway this morning. It is estimated that approximately 1,000 members in various locations remain without power.
Spring storms are notorious for extra wet snow, which proves dangerous for the trees and power lines. When snow lands and collects on leaves and branches it can eventually snap limbs, which can fall into power lines. The wet snow also builds up on power lines. The weight of the snow can also bring down lines. Additionally, when the snow unloads—or falls—from the power lines a condition called galloping often occurs. When the snow drops off the line, tension is released and the power lines will buck and flap. They have the potential to become entangled or break. DMEA advises this scenario could result in additional outages throughout the day as the snow melts.
Members are encouraged to always report outages and downed lines by calling 1-877-687-3632. In the event you witness an emergency situation such as sparking or fires call DMEA and 911 immediately. Members are urged to report all outages and not rely on others to call in. Do not report outages by email and social media, as they are not continuously monitored. Members are also reminded to stay away from all downed power lines and assume they are still live. Never attempt to move a downed line or anything coming into contact with it.
A real-time outage map is available online at http://www.dmea.com/content/outage-information. DMEA also works to regularly update their Facebook page www.facebook.com/DeltaMontroseElectricAssociation during large or prolonged outages.