Squirrel causes major power outage | SIEA

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For immediate release:

3:00 PM – Monday, July 22, 2019

A squirrel caused a two-hour power outage affecting approximately 8,000 San Isabel Electric meters from the Greenhorn Valley area to the surrounding Trinidad area on Monday, July 22, 2019.

When the outage began, shortly before noon, San Isabel Electric’s power supplier informed the co-op of a problem on their system. After further investigation, the cause was a squirrel on one of San Isabel Electric’s transformers, which interrupted power to multiple San Isabel Electric substations.

The outage was restored a few minutes before 2 p.m. Members whose power has not been restored are asked to please call 1-800-279-7432 or report their outage using SmartHub online or the SmartHub mobile app. SmartHub is San Isabel Electric’s 24/7 account management tool.

From our office staff to those out in the field, we have appreciated your patience as we worked to restore power as quickly and as safely possible.

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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.