Power outage in Winter Park caused by insulator failure
February 16, 2012
Around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, an insulator failed at the sewer ponds near Old Town Winter Park, causing a conductor to fall into another wire, according to Greg Guthridge, manager of operations at Mountain Parks Electric.
The incident knocked out power to the Mettler substation on the 4 Bar 4 Road, he said, leaving residents in Winter Park and parts of Winter Park Resort without power.
Power was restored partially by 11:23 a.m. and all customers had power by 1:32 p.m.
The failure was due to old lines, said Guthridge. Moisture and time can cause the fracture resulting in power failure.
“We are replacing many of the isolators. This pole was tough to get to. [Mountain Parks Electric] is progressive about trying to change out old equipment, but we can’t get to every one of them.”
Skiers at Winter Park Resort were not affected by the power outage according to Rachel Anderson, spokesperson for Winter Park Resort.
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“We never closed the lifts. The lifts were switched to auxiliary power so they were all running. We did shut down Panoramic Express lift as a precaution.”