Scattered outages began affecting members of Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) as winter weather rolled through the co-op's service territory late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. The weather system dumped heavy, wet snow onto trees, many of which had not yet lost their leaves, snapping tree limbs which fell into DMEA's power lines. Power was restored to the majority of affected members by 10 a.m. Tuesday.
DMEA reminds members to report trees caught in power lines, downed power lines, and outages by calling 1-877-687-3632. It is important to remember, email and social media are not reliable for reporting outages, as they are not continuously monitored.
In Orchard City, Eckert and Cedaredge, approximately 1,295 members were affected by the outage.
Approximately 572 members in and around Crawford experienced a power outage beginning at 6:12 a.m. and ending at 8:30 a.m.
In Hotchkiss, a number of trees leaned over onto power poles from the weight of the snow, and three caught on fire. The trees were smouldering and eventually went out on their own, although the Hotchkiss Fire District had crews on the scene at 3rd and Orchard early Monday.
A real-time outage map is available online at http://www.dmea.com/content/outage-informa
tion. DMEA also works to regularly update our Facebook page www.facebook.com/DeltaMontoseElectricAssociation<http://www.facebook.com/DeltaMontroseElectricAssociation> during large or prolonged outages.