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One month after the Bomb Cyclone   

Author: Eric  by  Eric  on  4/11/2019

Bomb CycloneThank goodness this week’s storm was nowhere near the impact of the one last month. The #BombCyclone that hit us on March 13 made quite an impact on our city.

Anyone who has lived in Colorado Springs – even if only for a couple of years – knows to expect anything during Springtime in the Rockies. Mother Nature never seems to disappoint, and last month was no exception.

Storm details

Here’s a brief recap of what we experienced a month ago, from a Utilities perspective.

  • On March 13, a little more than 50,000 customers experienced an outage of some kind. By midnight, all but 2,800 customers were back in service.
  • By midnight on March 14, all but 1,200 customers were restored.
  • By midnight on March 15, only 30 customers remained without power.
  • All customers were back in service by 4 a.m. March 16.
  • During the storm, more than 100 orders were sent out for damage assessment.
  • More than 125 instances of trees in power lines were resolved.
  • For those 3 days, we received nearly 700 orders for outages or hazards.

In addition to restoring utility service, we also dispatched 4 employees as 2 Search and Rescue teams in support of the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management.


During the storm, we responded to 2 carbon monoxide calls that provide a good safety reminder for all customers.

1. If you have any natural gas burning appliances that vent out the side of your house and not the roof, make sure snow doesn’t drift over those vents.

2. If you use a generator to power appliances in your home, like a refrigerator, be sure to place the generator far enough away from the home to keep exhaust from entering the home. That includes not placing a generator inside a garage or covered porch.

Let’s hope the baby bomb this week was the last hint of a winter storm we see this spring. But, if it’s not, you know we’ll be here, there and everywhere restoring service as quickly and safely as we can.


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