Contact between power lines and snow laden tree branches were common all over Fremont County today, as illustrated in this photo taken at West Sunset and North Majors Avenue this morning in Riverton. In amongst all those branches is a power line sparking on a tree limb. (Ernie Over photo)
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Some areas of Fremont County will be without power all night long due to the extensive damage done by tree limbs downing power lines and shorting out circuits and transformers. Below is the latest information, as of 5 p.m.:
High Plains Power - General Manager Jeff Hohn said at 5 p.m. that there are still wide areas of the HPP system without power “and that there are some people who will be without power all night.” He said there are four complete substations that are down and 8 or 9 circuits still broken.
“This is what happens when people don’t let us trim trees next to power lines, 90 percent of what we’re seeing today is a result of tree limbs falling on power lines. We’ve been chasing these problems all day.” And now, apparently all night.
Rocky Mountain Power’s large-scale outage web site is now reporting that most major outages in Fremont County have been fixed, but… “We are aware of power outages in our Wyoming service area caused by severe weather-related damage to our equipment. We have dispatched all available crews to safely restore power as quickly as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.”
Rocky Mountain Power crews from as far away as Cody and Worland were in Riverton today restoring power and clearing branches from power lines.