WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 – Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, headquartered outside of Windsor, and United Power, headquartered in Brighton, were the two co-ops most affected by the September 11-15 rains that caused flash floods in the foothills above Boulder and Lyons and flooding in the plains along the South Platte, Big Thompson and St. Vrain rivers.
Both co-ops had more than 1,000 members without power at various times. While they have been working round the clock since the heavy rains started, both co-ops have been hampered by lack of road access. There are places they simply cannot get to access the damage or to begin repairs.
Morgan County Rural Electric Association, which serves the area around Fort Morgan, reported small outages Saturday evening around the Goodrich area and then north of Brush as the South Platte River began overflowing its banks.
By Monday noon, those waters had reached Sterling. Highline Electric Association was ready, having disconnected services along the South Platte River and removed several pad mount transformers. Water got within 3 inches of forcing the shutdown of the Sterling Substation. The substation itself was flooded, but the control room sat up higher and remained dry.
The flood crest is moving toward Julesburg and expected to reach there today.
Crews at all of these co-ops are working non-stop to get power restored. Check back to this website for further information.