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.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, alcohol is suspected in an accident that killed a 16-year-old Delta boy and injured three others June 11. The accident occurred on Highway 65 just a short distance from the Highway 92 intersection at about 1:35 a.m.