Tree Makes Contact with Power Line Causing Outage

Bullhead City, AZ – On Monday, July 11 at 2:17 p.m., 130 Mohave Electric Cooperative (MEC) members in Mohave Valley lost power due to a tree limb on an electrical line, causing a system protection device to operate. The area affected was on Dike Road and Evans Lane.

MEC crews cleared the line and restored power to all members at 4:03 p.m. Trees are a leading cause of power outages and can pose serious electrical hazards when not maintained properly. MEC would like to remind members that the setback for trees and other plants is 15 feet minimum on either side of a power line. Many varieties will grow to be 25 to 100 feet tall and 30 to 50 feet wide.

“Trees are one of the leading contributors to power outages,” stated Jerry Hardy, manager of engineering and operations.

If you have a tree that appears to be within the circle of safety of 15 feet, please call Mohave Electric at 928-763 4115 to schedule tree trimming. Ideally, trees should be maintained and trimmed before reaching the 15 feet circle of safety. Outage restoration is very important to MEC and every effort is made to restore power quickly and safely as possible.

Founded in 1946, Mohave Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit utility providing reliable, cost-effective power to 36,700 members, 43,500 meters, with more than 1,555 miles of line spanning areas from Bullhead City to Topock on the west, Hualapai to Burro Creek to the south, and Nelson to the east. MEC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.