News Alert!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Power outage and damage at a main cable and internet company facility occurred during work on new steel utility pole.

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News Alert!!: Mohave Valley, AZ: Power outage and damage at a main cable and internet company facility occurred during work on new steel utility pole.

Some customers with Mohave Electric Cooperative had their power go out and customers with Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc. had both their cable and internet service interrupted after a power outage and damage to the main facility for Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc. occurred during work on a new steel utility pole in Mohave Valley, Arizona on Saturday, February 4th, 2017

At around 1:20pm PT, utility crews were seen raising a new steel utility pole very close a wooden utility pole and energized power lines along Courtwright Road just east of Vanderslice Road.

According to Peggy Gillman, Manager of Public Affairs and Energy Services with Mohave Electric Cooperative, “An outage for approximately 65 Mohave Electric Cooperative members in lower Mohave Valley occurred Saturday afternoon while Mohave Electric Cooperative’s contractor crews were working in the area. At 2:20pm (MST), a breaker in Mohave Electric Cooperative’s substation sensed a line fault and operated correctly when it de-energized the circuit protecting both the system and crews working.”

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ZachNews captured on camera utility crews, including the Four States Electric utility crew from Farmington, New Mexico, working on the new steel utility pole just minutes after the power went out.

Peggy Gillman, Manager of Public Affairs and Energy Services with Mohave Electric Cooperative, tells ZachNews that “Four States crew was replacing a pole which was already set in the ground when the outage occurred.”

“Mohave Electric Cooperative’s crews responded, found no damage, and re-energized the circuit. Power was restored at 3:35 pm,” said Peggy Gillman, Manager of Public Affairs and Energy Services with Mohave Electric Cooperative.

Meanwhile, Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc. was working on restoring cable and internet service to their customers in Mohave Valley, Arizona and Needles, California after several pieces of equipment and the generator blew out following the power outage.

DJ Huffman, Owner of Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc., tells ZachNews, “I don’t have a full explanation of what actually happened today but from what I understand. A contractor for MEC was installing steel pole on Courtwright, near our headend location.  At some point this afternoon they raised a steel pole into the energized power lines. The result was a power outage. They restored power only to do the same thing again.  During this incident, our standby generator came on automatically then when the power was restored the first time, it turned off. When the power went out the second time, something happened. Not sure if it was a surge or what, but it blew out several pieces of equipment and the generator. Tim has been on site repairing and replacing equipment since this afternoon. The Internet has been restored and most of the channels.  We are installing a backup digital transmitter as I write this.  Most of the important digital channels will be restored tonight. Replacement equipment to restore the rest of the channels will take several days.”

The blew out of several pieces of equipment and the generator comes just a day before many people around the community will be gathering in front of their televisions on Sunday, February 5th, 2017 to watch the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons play in Super Bowl LI broadcasting live on Fox beginning at 3:30pm PT.

DJ Huffman, Owner of Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc., tells ZachNews, “Most importantly for this weekend everyone should know that the Super Bowl will be broadcast.”

Technicians will continue to restore the affected television service beginning early in the morning on Sunday, February 5th, 2017.

“We received many phone calls and I wanted to thank those people for their understanding. As I get more information I will update you,” said DJ Huffman, Owner of Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

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