Town Helps Respond to Power Outage
1.29.2023 | 7:30pm
Overall Situation: This morning Lower Valley Energy (LVE) reported a power outage impacting customers in east Jackson and northern Teton County. The outage was caused when a transformer failed at the East Jackson power substation. LVE personnel arrived on the scene quickly and have been working as safely as possible to install and energize a spare transformer to return power to customers. Power needed to be restored in phases, which occurred throughout the day. At 6:40pm, LVE reported that power had been restored to approximately 70 percent of customers affected by the outage, but power remains out in several areas in the Town of Jackson. Lower Valley Energy (LVE) continues to utilize all available resources to restore power to impacted areas of East Jackson and northern Teton County.
An overnight shelter is being set up at the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole at 1251 South Park Loop Road, Jackson, WY 83001. If you cannot stay warm in your home, please stay at this shelter to stay overnight starting at 7:00pm. If you need transportation to the church, please call START OnDemand at 307-342-0056, or download START's OnDemand app through the following links: App Store or Google Play.
START OnDemand: To respond to the power outage in East Jackson, START has expanded the area served by its OnDemand vans and cars to include Teton County Library and the Presbyterian Church, which are both being used as warming shelters for affected parties. Anyone can book trips from locations in East Jackson through the app or by calling. Select the library as your destination and then ask the driver to take you to the Presbyterian Church (the app is being updated, so you may be able to input the church at some point this evening). This change to START's service area will remain in effect until further notice.
Sheltering Pets: The Presbyterian Church cannot accommodate household pets, but the Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter will accept dogs and cats for the night. Pets can be dropped off at the shelter located at 3150 South Adams Canyon Drive, 307-733-2139 or can be brought to the Presbyterian Church and transportation will be arranged.
Parking: Additionally, the Town of Jackson will not enforce overnight parking regulations allowing on street parking for friends and neighbors needing to stay with others.
Things to Keep in Mind: Temperatures are forecast to drop significantly (-20 to -40 F predicted) this evening through tomorrow morning. Prepare now for cold temperatures.
Do not use combustible devices to keep your house warm. Generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. These devices can generate carbon monoxide, a colorless/odorless gas that can be lethal. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
If you lose heat, leave a pencil-width amount of water flowing from a faucet in your home/business to ensure that pipes do not freeze or burst.