As of Tuesday, January 2, 2018
“Snow load and weather conditions in general,” according to Max Beach, general manager for Idaho County Light and Power Cooperative, were factors in last week’s outage affecting between 200 to 300 members.
The outage started around 5 p.m. last Thursday, Dec. 28, when a tree went down through one span of line, located in proximity to the Smith Creek Substation outside Syringa, resulting in the loss of a transformer.
“We had to bring in a spare transformer we had on hand and get it changed out,” Beach said.
ICLP crews had power restored by 9 p.m. that Friday, Dec. 29. Some were up sooner, according to Beach, but 30 consumers on the Selway were the last to come back on as crews repaired a section where a downed tree had taken out four line spans.
As a result of this incident, ICLP may undertake further repairs later this year.
“Most likely, we’ll look at outage this summer,” Beach said, as the spare transformer used in this repair is about twice the size of the one that was damaged. “We may look at changing that one out. It will depend on what we find.”
As ICLP linemen deal with service issues related to the season, Beach wanted to reiterate the public take caution when encountering downed power lines, even in snow as they can still be energized — don’t go anywhere near them. Case in point, they recently had an issue where a tree went through a line, and a man cut the tree out of the way – and was fortunate to be on the right side during this to avoid being electrocuted.
“Call our office immediately,” Beach said, if encountering a downed power line, “and consider them live.”