Las Cruces knocked out cold

Las Cruces knocked out cold

There are 57 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Feb 4, 2011, titled Las Cruces knocked out cold. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

The sun was cold comfort Thursday as thousands of Mesilla Valley residents struggled with electrical outages, natural gas shortages and burst pipes as an arctic storm walloped the borderland with the coldest temperatures in 35 years.

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BLOOD ON HIS HANDS

Albuquerque, NM

#43 Feb 4, 2011
Thank you El Paso Electric :)
joseph

Las Cruces, NM

#44 Feb 4, 2011
all i can say is these guys did their damndest to keep us afloat great job
macswife

Farmington, NM

#45 Feb 4, 2011
El Paso Electric's failure to maintain their equipment has caused thousands of dollars of damage, lost work hours and inconvenience for all. We deserve better. Their service is unacceptable. EPE needs to be held responsible. The question is will they or will we have another cover up?
woogerbooger

Las Cruces, NM

#46 Feb 4, 2011
Upfront, I'm not faulting EPC for the equipment failure, yet the EPC CEO said that there was "nothing they could do, and they would evaluate what they could have done better". Well here's a tip,(although I'm no CEO), EPE did in fact know what the system vulnerably was, yet, NO WARNING was given of the very real possiblity this would indeed happen. COME ON; It shut down 2 cities for 3 days, and much worse compromised the health and wellbeing of many. I'd like to know how many people ended up in the hospital as a result of this.
And, to add insult to injury, due to thier incompetence, we have to pay for the bill, I think not. Indeed, now we know this area DOES get this cold. The next time may be another 30 yrs from now or 3 days from now, in any case they are simply NOT prepared.
I plan on contacting our local and state representatives over this matter and will push to see some level of accountablity on the part of EPC. As far as the increased cost EPC have accrued over the past 3 days, lets start by taking it out of the CEO's paycheck.
woogerbooger

Las Cruces, NM

#47 Feb 4, 2011
In response I know many EPC loves will say, "Yeah right what could they have done?" Here's what; in fact EPC knew the system weakness to the cold temps, Therefore, IT WAS thier responsiblity to alert both (LC and EP) city council, media, and hospitals warning of the possible outcomes due to the system limits. Next time, give people a chance to prepare BEFORE it happens rather than after the fact & say "oh, sorry, and BTW please be prepared for an increase in your next electric bill, thank you for your support."
mitmat

El Paso, TX

#48 Feb 5, 2011
My son lives in Ohio. They had an ice storm. Their electric company told them if their electric went off to expect to be without a minimum of 3 days. At least they didn't have those horrible rolling blackouts.

440,000 people in the whole State of Texas were without electric and had rolling blackouts.

Stop whining Las Cruces & El Paso.
Well

Albuquerque, NM

#49 Feb 5, 2011
Duffas wrote:
<quoted text>
Were there 250 people living in LC in 1962?
Is making a profit evil? Is paying educated employees evil?
How does "permitting" work in this state? PERMITS!
So many roadblocks are put in this state that only 8 natural gas sites
are working and there were 30 at one time. But what do I know?
What we have in this country is a lack of coal plants and or nuclear power.
In some areas, even nuclear families are banned.
To some whatever is good for this country is now banned. By WHOM?
Have a nice warm day, but keep your "cool".
Duffas, you are so right, btw, we will bury ourselves because of idiots.
Well

Albuquerque, NM

#50 Feb 5, 2011
Plumber wrote:
Wait til the sewage lines freeze up.
thanks
Well

Albuquerque, NM

#51 Feb 5, 2011
Great--Scott wrote:
<quoted text>
I strongly recommend snow bongs too!!
please be more explicit.
Scott Weaver

Las Cruces, NM

#52 Feb 5, 2011
irritated wrote:
I give the Mayor and the city of Las Cruces a big F for their lack of communication in preparing Las Crucens for the storm. Where were the public service announcements? They all failed miserably.
Whether you are talking about small towns or very large cities it's a basic role of that city's leadership (mayor or city manager, emergency services administrator, etc.) to issue warnings, keep the press and the public informed thru regular press announcements, of dangerous situations that can pose serious public threats. That could be a weather situation, like hurricanes or tornadoes, OR a major winter storm. Anyone who doesn't think this is a basic duty of the elected public servants is uninformed.

In this recent situation, where was the city's involvement with the utilities that are contracted to provide critical services? I did not hear any such announcements or updates. Key players this time were EP Electric, Qwest, Comcast. It's critical that all three of these continued to provide service during the storm and the freeze that followed. My impression is that EP Electric was caught 'with its pants down', had not adequately been maintaining its own generating facilities (just take a look at KVIA's report of Friday night and see the rusted, ancient power plant that they know claim was damaged by the storm!), and did not heed the clear warning of the coming storm from the weather forecasters.

Comcast failed to provide service (cable TV and Internet) for many hours, even days, to a substantial portion of the city's population, and provided little information on this to the public.(It was up to those who had lost their service to contact Comcast, and only were able to reach their out-of-state corporate offices - nothing local.)

The EP Electric "aggressive rolling blackouts" should have been coordinated with the city and the city should have issues regular public announcements. Most of what I learned of this came thru listening to KRWG-FM. The newspaper was always a day behind, and the website was not accesssable when Comcast was down (in my case). KVIA TV in El Paso also did a good job of covering this, but one needed access to their signal to hear and see it.

We saw many failures in this recent, continuing weather situation. I think there has been much more damage to personal and business property, and human lives, than has been reported (or perhaps will ever be). The city government's failures are especially glaring, yet have been little attention from the media.
Scott Weaver

Las Cruces, NM

#53 Feb 5, 2011
There is an excellent story at the EP Times website about the frustration in El Paso with the electric company's failures. The make it clear that the utility will be passing on the cost of a huge amount of power it has had to buy from Palo Verde and Four Corners. It is the users who will now be asked to cover the cost of the utility's own failure to maintain its infrastructure.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_17288641...

Here is a story at KVIA's website where EP Electric admits it failures:

http://www.kvia.com/news/26753018/detail.html
Think about it

United States

#54 Feb 5, 2011
The weather in Las Cruces since the late 1890's.

http://data.giss.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/gistemp/gis...

My question is the paper stated that in 1962 the cold temp was -10*, how come the weather page we have in the paper said we set a cold record of 0*?

The cold records for El Paso were broken for three days. The records I saw were like 8* and 16*. How is it that Las Cruces had -10* but wasn't recorded as a record anywhere?

How many different reporting entities do we have and why is the information we get from each so different?

They tell us that our temperatures have increased by 1.6* in the last 150 years, yet we have a discrepancy of 10* on just this one day of reporting. How many other temperature sets are there and how many differ as much as this one day.
Politics

Birmingham, MI

#55 Feb 5, 2011
Scott Weaver wrote:
<quoted text>
Whether you are talking about small towns or very large cities it's a basic role of that city's leadership (mayor or city manager, emergency services administrator, etc.) to issue warnings, keep the press and the public informed thru regular press announcements, of dangerous situations that can pose serious public threats. That could be a weather situation, like hurricanes or tornadoes, OR a major winter storm. Anyone who doesn't think this is a basic duty of the elected public servants is uninformed.
In this recent situation, where was the city's involvement with the utilities that are contracted to provide critical services? I did not hear any such announcements or updates. Key players this time were EP Electric, Qwest, Comcast. It's critical that all three of these continued to provide service during the storm and the freeze that followed. My impression is that EP Electric was caught 'with its pants down', had not adequately been maintaining its own generating facilities (just take a look at KVIA's report of Friday night and see the rusted, ancient power plant that they know claim was damaged by the storm!), and did not heed the clear warning of the coming storm from the weather forecasters.
Comcast failed to provide service (cable TV and Internet) for many hours, even days, to a substantial portion of the city's population, and provided little information on this to the public.(It was up to those who had lost their service to contact Comcast, and only were able to reach their out-of-state corporate offices - nothing local.)
The EP Electric "aggressive rolling blackouts" should have been coordinated with the city and the city should have issues regular public announcements. Most of what I learned of this came thru listening to KRWG-FM. The newspaper was always a day behind, and the website was not accesssable when Comcast was down (in my case). KVIA TV in El Paso also did a good job of covering this, but one needed access to their signal to hear and see it.
We saw many failures in this recent, continuing weather situation. I think there has been much more damage to personal and business property, and human lives, than has been reported (or perhaps will ever be). The city government's failures are especially glaring, yet have been little attention from the media.
I hear by invite you to run for a local office. We need someone with your sense and foresight to be involved in local decisions. Well said.
Johnny Wadd

Placitas, NM

#56 Feb 5, 2011
That global warming might really be something.
Fed up in NM

United States

#57 Feb 7, 2011
Great--Scott wrote:
<quoted text>
I strongly recommend snow bongs too!!
LOL!!! I was out gathering snow for my friend who was in too much pain to venture outside.
Fed up in NM

United States

#58 Feb 7, 2011
Sarcastic Bombastic wrote:
<quoted text>
You're welcome! Hope it helped in resolving your dilemma.
Actually, I've been under the weather but they thawed out on their own. Woohoo for clean laundry!!!
Erasmus

Brighton, MI

#59 Feb 7, 2011
BLOOD ON HIS HANDS wrote:
Thank you El Paso Electric :)
For what??? P!ss-poor planning?

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