Xcel to modify Windsor facilities Thursday to avoid future flooding outages
June 4, 2014
Xcel Energy will modify electrical facilities impacted by flooding on Thursday in Windsor, which will result in a planned outage for three to six hours during the day.
The outage is expected to affect several hundred customers in Windsor, Xcel Senior Media Representative Mark Stutz said.
The company will be elevating electric system facilities near Eastman Park Drive and 7th Street, as well as Riverside Drive and 7th Street, as a measure to prevent future outages caused by flooding in these low-lying areas. Xcel said in a press release Wednesday the work on the two facilities will take place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will happen simultaneously so only one outage will be required.
Residents of the nearby Poudre Heights subdivision have dealt with occasional power outages over the past week caused by flooding near Xcel’s two facilities, including 12-hour outage last Saturday evening that lasted until Sunday morning, according to neighborhood resident Justin Spina.
Windsor Town Manager Kelly Arnold said the two Xcel facilities have been problematic for years. He said town staff worked from 11 p.m. Saturday until 4:30 a.m. Sunday to build a berm around the facilities to keep the water out. He said Xcel’s work on Thursday should address the situation for the next few weeks.
“What they’re going to do is try to elevate (the facilities) up, which is a good semi-permanent interim solution but we don’t know if it’s the final solution or not,” Arnold said.
He said the responsibility to fix the issue falls on Xcel’s shoulders, however, he said the town can play a role in the process with its influence and interest in the situation.