Tree and roof damage in Fremont County, and power outages across Wyoming through tonight

Published: Sep. 8, 2020 at 9:37 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Heavy wet snow caused extensive tree damage with some impact to roofs today in Fremont County. With power outages affecting Fremont County and the whole state, It’s going to keep a lot of people busy for a little while. Rocky Mountain Power and High Plains power reports many will remain without power through the night and into tomorrow.

“The electricity flickered on and off, and until about 7:00, there was thunder-snow. The electricity went off for about 30 minutes way early this morning, then at about 9:15-9:30 the electricity went out again, and it stayed out until about 10:30. So i feel like they’re doing a really good job keeping the electricity on and the Wi-Fi going and everything else,” noted Heather Goddard. She is a Lusk resident, who was watching her children in Lander at her parent’s house during the outage.

All the outages are weather related and include customers of Rocky Mountain Power, Western Area Power, and High Plains Power. The heavy wet snow caused many trees to break and further affect outages. Some children were out enjoying the snowfall, making snowmen, but many people were busy doing damage control. People who have roofing experience were called to some residences to repair damage caused by the falling trees.

Rocky Mountain Power contracted employees who typically trim trees that are close to power lines were on site for storm damage trimming and tree removal. People were outside their homes cleaning up tree damage, and while on site, even more branches were falling from the weight of the snow.

“Of course we’ve got debris and branches down, I had to get out in the street and clear those so people could go places, and my kids are out playing in the snow," mentioned Goddard.

Along with the tree damage, many places across the state have been and are still without power.

High Plains Power and Rocky Mountain Power have been at work since last night attending to the power outages, all of which are caused by the weather.

As of last night, six thousand meters were out in the outskirts of Casper and in Douglas, Worland, Riverton, Hudson, Thermopolis, Pavillion, Dubois, Crowheart, Ethete, Lander, Ft. Washakie, Green River, and Evanston. Sweetwater, Converse, Natrona, Fremont, and Uinta counties are the largest affected by loss of electricity.

As of 3:00 p.m. today, there were still five thousand High Plains customers without power. Now, there are only about 700 meters still out in Wyoming for High Plains customers. Rocky Mountain Power customers across the state still had over nine thousand without power this afternoon.

It’s estimated some outages with both companies will last until tomorrow, and more outages are expected if the bad weather continues.

The outages are all weather related and the main distribution line issue with High Plains was from ice build-up. Some of their smaller distribution lines have been caused by trees falling.

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