What Caused the Most Outages this Winter?

TREES + BRANCHES + WIND

Trees and tree branches are the number one cause of outages in Jefferson County. Since Oct 1st 2020, trees have caused 127 outage incidences. Trees and branches falling onto power lines left 18,310 customers without power a total of 73,944 hours at an average of 4 hours per customer affected. How to prevent outages from trees? Trimming and removal of problem trees.

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIAL FAILURE

Material and equipment failures led to 31 outages affecting 2,621 customers for a total of 11,663 hours without power for an average of 4.4 hours each.

SQUIRRELS

More active in the summer, this winter squirrels, birds and other small animal conductors caused 15 outages for 4,154 total hours, affecting 1,618 customers an average of 2.6 hours each.

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