WREA Crew Assists Wildfire Power Restoration Efforts

WREA sent a four-man crew and trucks to help Mountain Parks Electric restore power to residents affected by the East Troublesome Fire in Grand County, Colorado. That fire started Oct. 14 and the cause is under investigation. As of press time, it had burned 193,774 acres and was 30% contained. Officials estimate loss of 300 to 400 homes, but are still assessing damage. COURTESY PHOTO

RBC | When electric cooperatives send a call for help, it is answered with a resounding “we are on our way” by neighboring coops. Whether it be hurricane damage in the southeast or fire damage at WREA’s neighboring Mountain Parks Electric, dedicated lineman are quick to volunteer to help restore power.

There are many benefits of being a part of the electric cooperative family but none more important than knowing you can count on one another during a crisis. On Monday, WREA sent a four-man crew and trucks to Mountain Parks Electric to help restore power to area residents following recent wildfire damage. The weekend snow storm helped with the fires but have made for tough conditions for the lineman and impacted residents.

WREA’s crew, which includes Chris Stanworth, Clayton Shonk, Kyle Thomson and Tanner Russell, are working in cold conditions to help repair, rebuild and restore power to Mountain Parks’ system as quickly and safely as possible. Everyone needs help at some point and WREA was grateful for Yampa Valley Electric Association and Tri-State’s crews that helped this summer restore power to WREA members following area fire damage. WREA is proud of our cooperative family and greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication of our line crews and crews around the county who work hard each day to keep the lights on.

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