If you look out your window, you will see that the snow already has begun to accumulate. The UI was preparing for this storm yesterday, with workers up on the poles doing preventive maintenance work.
As of 8:20 there are NO power outages in UI Land, but if you do lose power it’s important to know how the company decides which areas get priority attention.
Service restoration depends on the magnitude and duration of the storm or other event causing the service interruptions. UI’s general sequence of service restoration is:
- Public safety requires the de-energizing or cutting down of downed primary voltage distribution lines, including road clearing.
- Restoration of service to previously designated public emergency service institutions such as major hospitals, evacuation centers, as prioritized by municipal officials.
- Service restoration to a maximum number of customers in a minimum amount of time using available work forces. This usually involves the removal of trees and limbs, the bypassing of some damaged equipment and the re-energizing of primary voltage distribution lines.
- The repair and restoration of equipment and lines serving small groups of customers.
- Although the restoration of service lines to individual homes or buildings is designated as Priority 4, they will in most cases be done at the same time as other restoration work designated with a higher priority. This is accomplished by using crews not normally associated with distribution restoration work.
In some cases, storms may damage electrical equipment on a customer’s property that’s not part of UI’s electrical system. It is the customer’s responsibility to repair this damage before we can restore service. The pamphlet linked below may be able to help you determine who is responsible for repairing damaged equipment.