The Corporation Commission is urging Arizonans to prepare in advance for potential power outages during monsoons.
In a recent round of heavy storms, 26,000 Arizona Public Service Company (APS) customers lost power and 155 power lines and 81 poles were damaged.
Salt River Project (SRP), which is not regulated by the commission, reported another 24,000 customers without power during this same time frame. Regulated utilities must report outages to the commission, which monitors progress in restoring power to customers.
"I want to take a moment to thank all of the APS employees who worked around the clock all weekend to restore power to the thousands of customers who experienced an outage due to the powerful monsoon storm last Friday evening,” Corporation Commission Chairman Doug Little said. “Fortunately, the vast majority of customers had their power restored quickly. That fact is a testament to the planning and preparation that APS does to be ready for these types of storms. The APS field crews are truly unsung heroes, working long hours to get customers back on the grid as soon as possible. It is this commitment to customer service and going the extra mile that makes APS a valued part of our Arizona community."
Each spring, the commission hosts a summer preparedness workshop in which utilities submit plans for dealing with high summer demands, emergencies and outages.
The commission reminds residents to contact electrical providers after an outage and to never touch or drive over downed lines. Instead, call 9-1-1 to report a downed line. Emergency supply kits with flashlights, batteries and a battery-powered radio are also good to keep on hand.