By Kathleen Sloan
On Sunday, March 18, the average wind speed was 21 miles per hour, but the maximum wind speed was 51 mph, with maximum gusts of 67 mph, blowing south southwest, according to the Weather Underground website.
Truth or Consequences City Electric Department Head Gil Avelar, in a Monday, March 19 interview, said there were four power outages on Sunday. “But the problem was with the TriState main line, which feeds into the city’s main line. Each time we lost power, the main breakers tripped. We turned the main breakers to off, then the feeders to off. Then we turned the main breakers on and the feeders on one-by-one, in case we had a line down, so we could locate it. None of the TorC feeders were down. We did this four times,” said Avelar.
According to the Sierra County Regional Dispatch Authority, there were three power outages reported on Sunday, at 1:09 p.m., 3:27 p.m., and 4:11 p.m.
Sierra Electric Cooperative Operations Manager Emery Owen, in a Monday, March 19 interview, said they had one power outage on Sunday. From 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the “northern half of Elephant Butte” was without power.
“It was a main-line jumper flopping against the other lines. It broke loose in the wind. We had to drive around to find it and we did find it fairly quickly. It was not hard to fix. We had to replace part of the line. When we re-energized it, we discovered another loose connection at the same place,” said Owen.