Rocky Mountain Power crews quickly respond to historic winter storm

March 14, 2021

Rocky Mountain Power line crews and support personnel began work restoring power to customers Saturday night about 11:30 p.m. as a predicted severe winter storm spread across southeastern Wyoming. Currently, there are approximately 1150 Rocky Mountain Power customers without service.

Current outages are located in Lander, Casper and Glenrock. Lander had some 2800 customers without service during the night, but most were restored shortly after midnight. Service to the Casper and Glenrock area was impacted by the storm about 1:40 a.m. Sunday, interrupting service to 2594 customers. Many were restored to service by 2:15 a.m.

“We expect service interruptions to continue as the storm progresses,” said Curt Mansfield, vice president of Operations for Rocky Mountain Power. “Working conditions are difficult, with heavy snow, wind, and multiple road closures. All available crews in Lander and Casper are at work, with relief crews available from Douglas and Rock Springs.

“This is shaping up to be a severe winter event, even by Wyoming standards,” Mansfield said. “We understand how difficult it is for customers to be without power in these conditions, and we will work steadily throughout the event to restore customers to service. Heavy snow and drifting conditions from wind is expected to make travel and repair work increasingly difficult today. We appreciate the patience of our customers as we work through this storm.”

The first priority for Rocky Mountain Power crews is safety. While work goes on during storm events, travel conditions and work on overhead lift equipment can be particularly hazardous. While heavy snow and wind can delay repair work, crews are dedicated to restoring power as quickly as possible.

For information on current outages, see https://www.rockymountainpower.net/outages-safety.html

You can report an outage on the website via mobile phone or text OUT to 759677.