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7/8/2014 6:00:00 AM
Storms knock out power across Mohave County
By Hubble Ray Smith
Miner reporter

KINGMAN - About 10,000 customers of UniSource Energy Services in Mohave County were cut off from electricity Sunday afternoon when high winds sheared four transmission poles south of the Griffith Road interchange, said Bill DeJulio, senior director of electrical operations for UniSource.

The Griffith power substation shut down at 1:52 p.m. Sunday, leaving all of Golden Valley and south downtown Kingman without power for about two hours, DeJulio said.

The communities of Chloride, Dolan Springs, Meadview and White Hills were also affected by the power outage. Electricity was out until 6 a.m. Monday for about 200 UniSource customers in Yucca, which is home to North American Pipe Corp. and Chrysler Corp. proving grounds.

"The storm hit us pretty hard," DeJulio said from Lake Havasu City, where winds took out 44 transmission poles. "It was more damaging down here. We're bringing in contractors to expedite the repairs."

The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm watch and flash flood alert for much of Mohave County Sunday. The heaviest rainfall and strongest winds were reported in Laughlin and Bullhead City.

Kingman got a thorough drenching early Tuesday morning.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Article comment by: been there done that

Much is being said about purchasing generators in the event that power goes out and you are on oxygen...

Generally, if you have a concentrator you also have an oxygen tank caddy, or an oxygen 'tote'...if full, either will provide you with oxygen for a few hours.

My medical coverage will not pay for a concentrator unless I also have the caddy...I always have extra, full tanks in the event of a power outage, and I've never even considered the expense of purchasing/maintaining a generator...

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014
Article comment by: Rick In Golden Valley

I live on the north side of Golden Valley and my power only went out for about 3 seconds

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014
Article comment by: Whose Responsibility Is Your Health?

What would you do if there was a power outage for 2 weeks? There aren't enough generators or emergency personnel to go around. If you don't make a plan, you are going to die. It's natural selection.

Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

" a REAL city, they have emergency services for breathing impaired customers, and provide them with emergency power to allow them to breathe..."
Really? I've lived in plenty of large areas, and not one provided emergency power to those people on respirator or O2 machines. They did have a list that you could register on that would put you higher priority for assistance in the event of a major disaster though. And of course there's always 911 for medical emergencies.

Get a battery back up or small generator. Heck, even a good inverter for a vehicle would probably power most needed devices using an extension cord. As to a CPAP, thats normally for sleep don't go to bed.

What happened to personal responsibility? Everyone screams lower taxes, keep the Government out of my business, blah blah....right up until they want something for free.

Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Article comment by: gun guy

@ Otis
how are we supposed to prevent power outages? Maybe a little planning on your part might save you a lot a headache or even your life.. how is it somebody's else's responsibility to make sure you have power for your oxygen? Like the previous gentleman suggested get a$200 generator...

Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Article comment by: KDM online reader

justanobody sr,

I simply stated that “perhaps” investing in a generator as was suggested in the past by others and not by me, which I thought was common sense if your life depends on such life-support medical equipment.

I wish I could have found those specific reader comments that were posted a few years ago on regarding the same situation that Otis Brooks was complaining about and reposted those other reader comments verbatim so you could have a debate with them and not me.

It was also suggested by others that it was perhaps not wise to live in a remote area far away from immediate medical attention if one is in such poor heath. After all, I believe all hospitals have back up generators, correct?

Also note that Otis Brooks did not mention that he called the Fire Department for assistance of his lack of required oxygen because of the power outage.

I called the Golden Valley Fire Department to ask if they would have assisted him and was told all he had to do was call 911 and they would have indeed responded.

And I certainly would not be asking for sympathy from anyone for my lack of responsibility or common sense to maintain my health.

Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Article comment by: justanobody sr

"invest in a generator"?
in a REAL city, they have emergency services for breathing impaired customers, and provide them with emergency power to allow them to breathe, yet here, our fire dept wants the same pay, without bothering to provide 1/2 the services required. or offered by REAL dept's.
you try living with limited breathing capacity, or apnea, then ......... maybe you have a different tune!
wait until you have a health problem, then see how much sympathy I offer you!

Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Article comment by: Melissa Brandl

Weird, we are in GV, but never lost power. This is the first Ive heard of it.

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Article comment by: KDM online reader

Mr. Brooks,

As has been suggested in the past for folks such as you who depend on oxygen tanks, etc. then perhaps you should invest in a generator for backup in the event of a power outage.

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Article comment by: C. Baker

I live in Golden Valley, we were without power from 1:30 P.M. Sunday till
5:30 A.M. Monday. Hope it doesn't happen again.

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Article comment by: Otis Brooks

We live in Golden Valley, and were out from about 2:00 pm until the next day at 6:00 am the paper says we were only out about 2 hrs. We my wife and I have oxygen which did not work and I sleep with a CPAP which also did not work.

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