FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Telluride Power Outage Caused by Bird
Contact: Susan Lilly, Public Information Officer 970-729-2028
March 29, 2016 -- (Telluride, CO) – A power outage in Telluride and half of Mountain Village Tuesday morning was triggered when a bird flew into the system at the Telluride substation, San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) linemen told Sheriff’s Deputies.
The power outage, which began at about 07:50am lasted just under 90 minutes, far shorter than the nearly 24-hour outage February 13-14th.
Sheriff Bill Masters said, “We’re glad there was quick resolution to this outage, especially since the temperatures were much lower than last time.”
SMPA confirmed with Deputies that the damage to the Telluride substation was completely repaired.
CodeRed Alerts, social media updates and calls to KOTO were issued to help keep the public informed. Some people did not receive the CodeRed Alerts and the Sheriff’s Office is looking into the issue.
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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.