Widespread Outages Due to Spring Blizzard

Poudre Valley REA is continuing to restore outages due to damage from a heavy, wet spring snow.

Outage update as of 10:00 p.m.:, March 26

All outages are restored. 

Outage update as of 4:15 p.m., March 25

Crews are still working to restore power to all remaining outages.

Northwest of Nunn bounded by Hwy 85, I-25, CR 104, and CR 122: We have made good progress and hope to have power restored tonight. It is possible the work may continue into tomorrow.

Immediately west Ault and Pierce bounded by Hwy 85, CR 13, Hwy 14,and CR 98: Many of the downed poles have been reset and we hope to have power restored by tomorrow. It is possible the work may continue into Sunday/Monday.

All other areas are expected to be restored today.

Thank you for your continued patience and we appreciate each and every report from our members. Please call 1-800-432-1012 to report hazards and outages.

Outage update as of 8:40 a.m., March 25

We have several hundred remaining outages across our system. Crews are still working to continue bringing power back online.

Mountain areas: Bellvue/Livermore/Pinewood Springs - There are a few scattered outages that we are continuing to work.

Berthoud area: There are several pockets where downed poles are still being replace.

Northwest of Nunn between Hwy 85 and I-25: We have many current outages in this area due the number of downed poles and anticipate having power restored today or tomorrow.

Immediately west of Highway 85 between Ault and Pierce: We had 57 poles torn down by the storm and repairs here will take longer and we anticipate having power restored in 2-3 days.

Thank you for your continued patience and we appreciate each and every report from our members. Please call 1-800-432-1012 to report hazards and outages.

Outage update as of 9:50 p.m., March 24

Our crews have made great progress in the past few hours restoring over 1000 services. We still have several hundred remaining outages across our system. Crews are still working to continue bringing power back online.

Mountain areas west of Fort Collins and Bellvue: Most outages have been restored. There are a few scattered outages that we are continuing to work.

Wellington and surrounding area: Most outages have been restored. There are a few scattered outages that we are continuing to work.

Berthoud/Lyons/Pinewood Springs down to Longmont: Still making progress in this area and crews will continue to work remaining outages. There may be some pockets without power until tomorrow.

West of Nunn: This area is one of the worst hit, we anticipate having power restored tomorrow.

Immediately west of Highway 85 between Ault and Pierce: repairs here will take longer and we anticipate having power restored in 2-3 days.

Carr: The area has been restored.

Thank you for your continued patience and we appreciate each and every report from our members. Please call 1-800-432-1012 to report hazards and outages.

Outage update as of 6:15 p.m., March 24

We are still working hard to restore the remaining outages across our system. Crews will work through the night to continue bringing power back online. Please take the necessary precautions to be prepared for another night without power.

Mountain areas west of Fort Collins and Bellvue: We have made progress in this area but work will continue into the night and anticipate many will not have power restored until tomorrow.

Wellington and surrounding area: Crews will continue to work into the night and we anticipate many will not have power restored until tomorrow.

Berthoud/Lyons/Pinewood Springs down to Longmont: We have made good progress in this area but crews will continue to work remaining outages into the night and we anticipate some may not have power restored until tomorrow.

West of Nunn: Our system was hit hard here. Several poles and miles of line came down. Due to the amount of line to rebuild here, we anticipate having power restored in 1-2 days
West of Highway 85 between Ault and Pierce: repairs here will take longer and we anticipate having power restored in 2-3 days. We suggest members in these areas find shelter elsewhere until power is restored.

Carr: Crews will continue to work into the night and we anticipate many will not have power restored until tomorrow.

Thank you for your continued patience and we appreciate each and every report from our members. Please call 1-800-432-1012 to report hazards and outages.

Outage update as of 3:30 p.m., March 24

Our crews are finding more poles and lines down than had been reported previously which may delay some of our initial power restoration estimates.

Lower Poudre Canyon/Livermore: Restoration will likely run into the night, perhaps tomorrow.

Mountain areas west of Fort Collins and Bellvue: At this point we still anticipate power will be restored by sundown.

Wellington area: At this point we still anticipate power will be restored by sundown.

Kersey area: At this point we still anticipate power will be restored by sundown.

Berthoud/Lyons/Pinewood Springs down to Longmont- We are experiencing new outages due to a failed transmission line. We anticipate that this will be fixed and power restored by sundown.

West of Nunn between Hwy 85 & I-25: Our system was hit hard here. Several poles and miles of line came down. Due to the amount of line to rebuild here, we anticipate having power restored in 1-2 days

West of Highway 85 between Ault and Pierce: repairs here will take longer and we anticipate having power restored in 2-3 days. We suggest members in these areas find shelter elsewhere until power is restored.

Carr: At this point we still anticipate power will be restored by sundown.

Thank you for your continued patience and we appreciate each and every report from our members. Please call 1-800-432-1012 to report hazards and outages.

Outage update as of 8:55 a.m., March 24

Majority of members’ power is restored, and crews are working on the remaining 3,000 members without power. Here’s an updated look at where our crews are at today, and what progress we expect to make:

Mountain areas west of Fort Collins and Bellvue: Crews are on site and power should be restored by the end of the day.

Wellington area: We should be able to have power restored today.

Kersey area: Crews are on site and working on multiple outages here. Power should be restored today.

Between Berthoud and Longmont: Crews are on site and power should be restored today.

West of Highway 85, between Ault and Nunn: Our system was hit hard here. Several poles and miles of line came down. Due to the amount of line to rebuild here, we anticipate having power restored in 1-2 days. Due west of Ault and Pierce, repairs here will take longer and we anticipate having power restored in 2-3 days. We suggest members in these areas find shelter elsewhere until power is restored. Check out the tips below on keeping your home safe during a prolonged outage.

Carr: Crews will be headed up to Carr and power should be restored today.

With such excessive damage of our system, rest assured that all of our crews and contractors are working throughout our entire service territory until all members’ power is restored. Thank you for everyone’s patience while we work our way through the damages of the Spring 2016 Blizzard.

Outage update as of 7:50 a.m., March 24

Throughout the night our crews and contractors continued to repair poles and lines. In the past 24 hours we have been able to restore power to the majority of our members.

Today will be an active day of rebuilding lines to restore power to the rest of our membership. We have been working on repairing sections of our main circuits that affect a large quantity of members. Today we will be able to work on the rest of our outages throughout the service territory. We anticipate to have majority of the members back on by sundown today.

This outage affected all 2,000 square miles of our service territory. We appreciate everyone’s patience while we have worked to cover ground and restore power in all areas of our service territory. Please check back later for more updates.

Outage update as of 9:00 p.m., March 23

We are working our way through outages and are down to 3,900 members without power. Our crews are still out in the field working to repair the over 100 downed poles from today's weather. Those who are still without power should be prepared to spend the evening without power. All crews are still deployed and working on replacing poles and line as quickly and safely as possible. Crews will continue to work throughout the night and tomorrow. Member still without power should be prepared to have no power throughout the evening. We are urging members to be prepared; view tips below. 


We are urging members to report hazards and outages by calling 1-800-432-1012.

“With heavy, wet snow affecting power across our entire service area, all PVREA crews are deployed and working to repair lines and restore outages. We are urging members to stay safe during this storm, and report hazards and outages by calling PVREA at 1-800-432-1012. Thank you for your support and patience as our crews restore power to your neighborhood as quickly as possible," CEO Jeff Wadsworth said.

Members can stay updated by checking our Facebook and Twitter feeds and by viewing our outage map.

Members should prepare to remain inside during this prolonged outage and use these tips if you have lost power at your home:

  • Stay inside, and dress warm. Staying warm is a priority. Dress in several layers of loose fitting, lightweight warm clothing. Wear hats, mittens and scarves.
  • If you plan to use a generator, know how to operate it safely
  • Close off unneeded rooms to keep the heat in your living areas. Stuff towels under the doors
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible to keep your food cold. If power is out longer than 4 hours, keep perishable items in a cooler with ice. Make ice outside. A full freezer can remain cold enough for 48 hours, and half a freezer full 24 hours.
  • When using an alternative heat source, follow operating instructions, use fire safeguards, and be sure to properly ventilate. Always keep a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher nearby, and know how to use it.
  • Place draft block at the bottom of doors to minimize cold drafts from entering the house.
  • Keep a close eye on the temperature in your home. Infants and people over the age of 65 are often more susceptible to the cold. You may want to stay with friends or relatives or go to a shelter if you cannot keep your home warm.
  • Unplug all appliances and electronics so they won’t get damaged with power restoration.
  • If power lines are on the ground, stay far away from them and warn others to stay away.  Contact PVREA and let us know because the lines could still be live.
  • Any power line that is dead could become energized at any moment due to power restoration or backup generators.
  • Check on any elderly neighbors and make sure they are safe.

Check out more tips in Larimer County's Emergency Preparedness Guide.

Please continue to call us with any outage updates at 1-800-432-1012 and stay safe.

Date Posted: 3/23/2016