The work keeps piling for the Imperial Irrigation District.
More than 100 power poles, and the power lines connected to them, were toppled by strong winds in Imperial County Tuesday August 31st.
A major power transmission corridor between Calipatria and Niland sustained extensive damage.
IID crews have been working nonstop to assess and repair the damage and have requested additional assistance from other utilities and contract crews.
Power has been restored in Imperial County, but the infrastructure repairs will continue over the Labor Day Holiday Weekend.
On Monday night August 30th 2021, strong winds knocked down 33 power poles around North Shore and Bombay Beach. Several hundred IID customers are still without power there.
“With back to back storms, IID is doing everything it can to get the power back on as quickly and as safely as possible,” said IID Energy Manager Marilyn Del Bosque Gilbert. “With extensive damage affecting both the Coachella and Imperial Valleys, coordination is key. We’re working closely with both Riverside County and Imperial County to address specific needs for each area and we thank them for their support. We also appreciate our customers’ patience as crews work around the clock to turn the lights back on for everyone.”
For the affected North Shore area customers, the Yacht Club is also open to residents as a cooling center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the duration of the outage. Ice and bottled water are available at that location during the same hours.
To ensure everyone’s safety, customers are reminded to stay clear of downed power lines and urged to use caution when approaching utility crews that are clearing power lines or making repairs.
For additional information or assistance, please follow us on social media or contact the district at 1-800-303-7756.
Broken power poles and downed power lines belonging to Imperial Irrigation District in the Coachella Valley and Imperial County.
Photo from Imperial Irrigation District