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Co-op Line Crews Work Overtime to Restore Power

July 6, 2012

The recent wildfires in Colorado have had a devastating impact on many communities. It is difficult to comprehend the heartbreaking losses suffered by the folks in Colorado Springs who were victims of the Waldo Canyon fire.

In electric co-op territory, the High Park and Last Chance fires burned tens of thousands of acres and caused the loss of many homes and other buildings. The fires also destroyed many miles of electric co-op distribution lines and poles. During and after these events, electric co-op line crews worked heroically to restore power and repair facilities lost in the fires.

Working in 100-degree heat, crews from Morgan County Rural Electric Association worked fourteen to sixteen hours days to replace poles and damaged distribution lines in the Last Chance area. MCREA crews were fortified with crews from Y-W Electric, Highline Electric, and the City of Fort Morgan. The hard-working line crews were able to restore power to the area less than three days after the fire started.

Crews from Poudre Valley REA also worked long hours to restore service and repair damage to their facilities resulting from the High Park fire. They continue to work around the clock to replace utility lines and poles, some of which were brand new and lost in the fire. PVREA employees describe the damage and restoration efforts at the 8:24 mark of the following video: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/weather/july-dec12/weather_07-02.html

Our hearts go out to all Coloradans who have suffered losses in these terrible fires, and we salute the men and women of the electric co-ops who have worked tirelessly to restore power to their member-owners.

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One Comment
  1. Hello sir,
    really great work. sharing of knowledge makes it you different from others.

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