Traffic lights were out Thursday at the intersection of Victory Way and Yampa Avenue, among other places, during a power outage in Craig. City workers put out temporary stop signs at intersections until power was restored.

Photo by Ben McCanna

Traffic lights were out Thursday at the intersection of Victory Way and Yampa Avenue, among other places, during a power outage in Craig. City workers put out temporary stop signs at intersections until power was restored.

YVEA: Raven behind Craig power outage

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Jim Chappell, spokesman for Yampa Valley Electric Association, said power was restored Thursday afternoon to Craig after about three hours.

Chappell said the power outage mainly affected east portions of Craig, but also spread to the city’s north and southwestern areas.

Power went down about 9:45 a.m. and was restored about 12:35 p.m. Crews initially thought the outage was caused by a blown fuse at a YVEA substation, but Chappell said crews later determined a bird was the cause.

Chappell said a raven flew into one of the circuit feeders at the Norman substation behind the YVEA offices east of Craig, damaging equipment.

About 2,588 customers were without power, he said.

Chappell said there were two steps to the outage.

The initial outage was caused by the bird damaging the equipment, which took out one phase of the three-phase circuit.

Crews then determined they needed to shut down the entire substation and all three phases to properly fix the problem.

“Our first indication was that we might have a faulty transformer or a faulty regulator,” he said. “Without testing the piece of equipment before energizing it, we could have caused additional damage to that piece of equipment. So, we had to test it first.

“Upon doing the test, that is when the crews found out that this bird actually created the fuse to blow on the high side of the substation.”

Chappell said crews have completely fixed the problem and power should remain stable with no additional issues.

Joe Petrone, Moffat County School District superintendent, said classes at all preschools in the district were canceled for the afternoon.

Afternoon classes continued as scheduled at East Elementary School, Craig Middle School and Sandrock Elementary School, which were previously without power.

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Comments

xrsareus 3 years, 7 months ago

I am concerned about how many inattentive drivers there are. During the power outage yesterday the lights at 6th and Yampa were out. As I remember a traffic light that is not working is treated as a 4 way stop. Three cars going east, west and north had stopped. Three cars going south didn't even slow down. I think if they were asked none of the drivers could have told you what color the light was or if it was even working. I am so glad the rest of us were paying attention. The first car had 4 teen age girls, second a elderly couple and the third a middle aged man. No wonder accidents happen.

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toad 3 years, 7 months ago

I was also watching the intersection of 9th and Yampa, same thing. I watched an ambulance, a Peroulis truck, and various other vehicles run through the intersection as if they had a green light. I will say I saw a UPS truck stop, good for you ! A few cop cars came by the intersection and then vehicles stopped. The cop car drove down the street, and people contiuned to fly through. It was about an hour after power went out that the city put out stop signs. I was raised when the power goes out treat every stop light as if it was a stop sign. What happened to common courtesy not to mention traffic laws. Ever notice how many vehicles dont move over for sirens these days? Maybe some people need a refresher course on driving and rules of the road.

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als362 3 years, 7 months ago

A few expensive tickets will help teach people quicker than anything else.
I also think it would be a better idea for the police to direct traffic when things happen like this rather than depending on some temporary stop signs. Every other place I ever lived did that when the power went out. I believe it makes things safer all around.
Just my opinion.

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