The Mancos area will lose power tonight as crews reconnect a Mancos substation that has been repaired.
The outage is planned for 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to 3:30 a.m. Thursday, according to an Empire Electric Association notice. It will affect 1,693 meters in Mancos and surrounding neighborhoods.
Empire co-op members affected by the power outage have received two phone calls alerting them to prepare for the planned outage. A third call was made today.
An internal component of the Mancos substation transformer failed on Aug. 4, causing a widespread power outage that affected 1,693 meters in Mancos and the surrounding community.
Power was restored to most services by that afternoon when EEA crews completed emergency backfeed connections from the East Cortez and Dolores substations.
All services were restored the morning of Aug. 5 when Tri-State Generation and Transmission completed connection of a mobile substation bypassing the failed transformer.
“With transformer repairs complete, EEA and Tri-State crews will need to deenergize the mobile substation and reconnect the permanent transformer,” said Empire Electric General Manager Josh Dellinger in the notice. “This procedure will require a power outage to allow crews to safely perform the work.”
Information on how to prepare for an outage can be found at eea.coop/prepare-outage.
Empire Electric reminds affected customers that it is important to turn off devices sensitive to power fluctuations before the outage and to use surge protectors to protect electronic devices.
Before calling EEA, residents should check to reset their circuit breakers if they lack power but see neighbors with power.