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Posted on: April 16, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Power Outages Possible During Snow Storm

Power Outages Possible During Snow Storm

Contact: Susan Lilly, Public Information Officer 970-729-2028

April 16, 2016 -- (Telluride, CO) – A power outage lasting only a few minutes Saturday morning in Telluride and surrounding regions should be a reminder that power could be tenuous throughout this snow storm, and people should be prepared.

San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) authorities told the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office this morning that power could be on and off again through Sunday when the storm warning ends.

Sheriff Bill Masters said given the nature of this storm with heavy snow and possible power outages, people should be prepared. “Charge your cellphones, have enough food and water, batteries for your flashlights, prepare as if you won’t have power for a few hours.”

He said people in Telluride and surrounding regions are experienced and generally well prepared, but given February’s major power outage, we should review preparedness tips. “We don’t know if the power will go out, and if it does, how long it will be. But we do know there are things we can do to mitigate the impact,” Sheriff Masters said.

For more information on what to do before, during and after a power outage, go to:

The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, located in Telluride, Colorado and established in 1883, serves 7,800 residents and countless visitors across the 1,288 square miles of San Miguel County. Sheriff Bill Masters has been serving as the county’s elected Sheriff since 1980.

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