Community pulls together after monsoon storms
As Yuma-area residents, we know all too well how harsh our summertime weather can be. Between the unrelenting heat of the sun and the heavy winds and rains that often come with monsoons, we sometimes have to “batten down the hatches” and wait until the storm passes.
At Arizona Public Service, no matter how much we prepare and invest throughout the year to fortify the electricity grid, some outages — especially those resulting from inclement weather — are unavoidable. When outages are reported, our crews are rapidly deployed and work diligently to restore power.
In addition to applauding my co-workers for their hard work, dedication and responsiveness after the storm that swept through Yuma in late August, I feel compelled to also recognize and thank those who worked with APS to keep our community members as safe and as comfortable as possible during that outage.
The heavy rains softened the ground and created such muddy conditions that it was nearly impossible for APS crews to access and repair damaged equipment in some specific areas.
Thankfully, several farmers and landowners from the agriculture community stepped forward and generously provided the personnel, expertise and heavy equipment needed to create access roads that enabled APS to quickly resume restoration work. Without their assistance and support, the outage likely would have been longer and had a more extensive impact on the community.
We also owe a great deal of gratitude to, among others, the Red Cross; Yuma County; Castle Dome Middle School; Walmart on 32nd Street; city of Yuma Police Department; Yuma County Sheriff’s Office; and the Fairfield Inn. These organizations and their employees did an amazing job supporting relief efforts, from ensuring Yuma residents were safe to providing locations for cooling and dry ice distribution centers.
When an outage like this occurs, the process of safely restoring power is extensive; there are many aspects to evaluate and consider. APS crews respond as quickly as possible to get the power back on for all customers, and they work around the clock until all the work is done.
We appreciate all community partners, like 8E Laundry, which posted this comment to our Facebook page on Aug. 25: “We are here to provide free wash and fold service to your staff who are working too many hours of overtime and started to smell.” Thanks 8E Laundry! Your generous offer was a breath of fresh air!
The people of Yuma show their spirit and their sense of community during trying times, and APS is proud to be part of this community. To keep track of outages and other APS-related news, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter by using the handle @APSfyi.
Andrea Bereznak is the business and community relations manager for APS. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.