More Than 150 Utility Poles Damaged

Most High West Customers Back On Power; Some Could Wait


December 5, 2019

Tom Southard / The Observer

Ice and high winds brought down an important communications tower and tilted a utility pole north of Kimball and east of Highway 71.

As of Monday afternoon, High West Energy said its line crews had restored power to all but about 700 members in the wake of a brutal winter storm.

Some members, however, were expected to be without power until later in the week.

High West line crews were working 16-hour days as a combination of snow, ice and 50 mph winds took a toll on power lines throughout Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado.

High West has confirmed that the wind broke or damaged more than 150 power poles throughout the cooperative's territory, and it's possible that number could be closer to 200 when employees have complete...

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