For immediate release:
8:00 a.m., Thursday, June 3, 2021

About 1,400 members in the Cuchara and surrounding areas will be without power for approximately eight hours on Tuesday, June 29.

San Isabel Electric’s power supplier will be conducting critical maintenance that is too dangerous to the crews doing the work to complete the project with the power on.

“We know being without power is always inconvenient, and it is especially inconvenient during the summer and tourist season. We are committed to keeping members and employees safe. We’ll turn the lights back on as soon as we can,” San Isabel Electric Communications Manager Paris Elliott said.

Who is affected?
The critical maintenance project will cause an outage for Cuchara and the surrounding areas from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29. There will also be two brief power outages in the Town of La Veta at the beginning and end of the project, at approximately 7 a.m. and a second outage in the early afternoon when the project is complete. The two brief outages for the La Veta area are necessary to switch power to an alternate power source, and to avoid a prolonged power outage in the Town of La Veta during the project.

La Veta encouraged to avoid electric usage
Members in the La Veta area are encouraged to please conserve electric use between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29. If energy use is too high, the Town of La Veta may also be affected by the outage. Avoid using electric appliances such as vacuums, laundry machines, dishwashers, heaters, AC, etc. – anything that uses a lot of electricity. Keep curtains closed, avoid opening your refrigerator and freezer.

During a routine inspection, four poles, on two H-structures, that support high voltage wires, were identified for replacement before the winter. SIEA worked with its’ power-supplier and community leaders to pick a date that would have the lowest impact on the community as possible.

SIEA will attempt to notify members affected by the outage beginning June 3, by phone and email. Reminders will go out by phone and email on June 27, and the day before the outage via Huerfano County’s Code RED reverse notification system.

A map of the affected areas, and more details are available at SIEA.com/June29Outage.

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As a not-for-profit cooperative utility, San Isabel Electric provides affordable, reliable electricity with exceptional service to communities throughout southern Colorado. Serving nearly 20,000 member-owners and 24,000 meters, San Isabel Electric has been keeping the lights on since 1938. We don’t just serve communities. We are part of communities.