MEC Customers Experience Multiple Power Outages

Published by The Bee News

April 13, 2018

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BULLHEAD CITY–Mohave Electric Cooperative customers in the vicinity of Silver Creek Road and Goldrush Road experienced multiple power outages Thursday as two different incidents knocked power offline.

The first outage happened early Thursday morning shortly before 3 a.m. when crews responded to a wind-caused power outage in the Silver Creek and Goldrush Road areas.

“It occurred when a system protection device in a substation opened due to a short on a power line.” said Terry Puryear, spokesman for Mohave Electric Cooperative. “The outage affected around 939 members and some may have experienced more than one outage period of up to two hours each while the cause was being investigated.”

Puryear said electric crews patrolled the lines throughout the morning to locate the short and make repairs. Around 10 a.m. electric was restored to around 290 customers, with full restore to customers around 11 a.m., said Puryear.

A second incident where customers in the area lost electricity occurred after a reported refuse fire at the Republic Services shop, off Coyote Pass Drive, shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

Bullhead City Fire spokeswoman Lori Viles said fire personnel responded to the report of the refuse fire and found a blown transformer with active fire.

“Units on scene were able to contain and extinguish the fire quickly,” she said. “However, power lines were damaged and affected service to the surrounding area, including Western Arizona Regional Hospital.”


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