Vehicle Accident & Short Circuit Cause 2 Power Outages

Bullhead City, AZ – On Monday, June 20 at 12:56 pm, a vehicle accident tore down a power pole, resulting in an outage to 2,029 Mohave Electric Cooperative (MEC) members. The outage took place at Mountain View & Lipan in Fort Mohave. Line crews isolated damage and rerouted power using circuit switching equipment restoring power to all members at 3:30 pm. MEC crews will replace the damaged pole.

Additionally on Saturday, June 18 at 9:17 am, a short circuit in the underground electric system caused an outage for 2,085 members. The outage affected MEC members in the Silver Creek substation area of northeast Bullhead City.

Line crews closed the circuit breaker restoring power to most members at 10:39 am. The remaining 47 members power was restored at 3:23 pm by rerouting power using circuit switching equipment. Outage restoration is very important to Mohave Electric Cooperative, and we make every effort to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

"All outages have a cause – some can be avoided, and some are caused by uncontrolled forces. Most human caused outages can be avoided. If you or someone you know cause an accident that damages electrical equipment, please contact local authorities immediately to inform them that you have struck a piece of electrical equipment. This helps keep the community safe by not abandoning damaged energized electrical equipment, which can be dangerous to the public, and may cause an outage,” stated Jerry Hardy, manager of engineering and operations.=

Please call our toll-free line at 1-844-632-2667, text “outage” to 55050 from a number linked to your MEC account, or use our SmartHub application on your mobile device or desktop if you are experiencing an outage.
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.