Utility crews finished restoring power Friday to more than 400 Imperial Irrigation District customers in the North Shore area, near the Salton Sea, who had been without power since a Monday night storm.
The storm, described by an IID board member as “an act of God,” destroyed more than 30 electrical poles, causing about 1,400 customers to initially lose power at 7:30 p.m. Monday, according to IID.
According to a social media post sent out by IID at 5:15 p.m. Friday, All power had been restored in the North Shore area, ending the four-day outage.
Over the course of the outage, IID provided a number of services to those affected.
County Supervisor Manuel Perez, whose Fourth District encompasses Thousand Palms, tweeted Wednesday that the IID provided limited hotel vouchers for people left vulnerable due to the power outage. Perez said people requesting emergency housing will have to provide their name, phone number and household size.
Shane Reichardt, spokesman for Riverside County’s Emergency Management Department, told The Desert Sun such housing is not typically offered during outages.
“So, that’s where it’s very nice that Imperial Irrigation is providing those, and we’re trying to make sure that anybody who has a need for something like a hotel is connected with that resource,” Reichardt told the paper.
The IID held a special board meeting Tuesday and declared the outage a local emergency, meaning the utility can be reimbursed for expenses made in the effort to restore power from the state once approved by Riverside County.
According to IID, the poles in North Shore knocked down by the storm were initially installed 27 years ago. They will be replaced by what a board member described as “a higher class” of pole.
IID reported 80 personnel were deployed to the restoration effort under “extreme weather conditions,” and the utility was making ice and bottled water available for North Shore customers affected by the outage.
The supplies were being provided at the IID command center, located near the intersection of Club View Drive and Vander Veer Road.
The Yacht Club at 99-155 Sea View Drive in Mecca had been designated as a cooling center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until power is restored. The Yacht Club was also the location of a food distribution event Wednesday morning.
The IID serves electricity to more than 150,000 customers in parts of Riverside and San Diego counties, and all of Imperial County.