Approximately 1,158 Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) members experienced an early evening power outage Monday, May 15, when high winds snapped power poles along Highway 92. Three poles near the intersection of Highway 92 and 1800 Road broke, bringing down the power line serving the area.
The outage began at 6:11 p.m. While power was restored to the majority of members by 7:30 p.m., DMEA linemen worked through the night until all poles were replaced. They were able to restore power to the last members at approximately 1:10 a.m. Tuesday morning. DMEA thanks members for their patience and the emergency response personnel who assisted with traffic when restoration efforts impacted travel.
DMEA also reminds members to always report outages and downed lines by calling 1-877-687-3632. 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.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.