Snow, fire and blackouts
Tuesday’s surprisingly-heavy snow storm resulted in the Yuma Volunteer Fire Department being called out a little after 6 p.m. when tree branches weighed down by the snow touched a power pole with a transformer on it in the alley in the 300 block between S. Birch and S. Cedar, resulting in a fire.
Power was knocked out in the neighborhood. That was just the beginning of power outages as there were a total of nine into the evening and early morning Wednesday. Whole sections of town were without power at times. City crews worked until approximately 2 a.m. Wednesday repairing lines. All were caused by tree branches, still with leaves, sagging under the heavy snow and contacting power lines.
Cooler weather invaded the area by last weekend, culminating with Tuesday’s snow storm that left about two inches of the white stuff on the ground after it finally started to stick. The region had its first freeze this week, and temperatures are supposed to stay in the 40s and 50s through the weekend. There is a chance for more snow on Sunday, when the high is supposed to be in the 30s.
The City would like to remind residents that if you need to report an electrical outage after business hours, you can call 848-3878 and will be prompted to call WY COMM to report the outage.