IID Board adopts Emergency Resolutions following storm damage

Downed power poles line Drew Road near Seeley following a recent thunderstorm. Photo by Chelsea Webster.

EL CENTRO — The Imperial Irrigation District (IID) Board of Directors adopted two Emergency Resolutions Wednesday that enables the district to be reimbursed by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services for hours worked and material expenses used to repair all damaged energy systems related to the recent storms of July 31 and August 3 in Imperial County.

The two storms produced high winds, heavy rain, and lightning that caused damages and outages. Approximately 50 power poles were downed that included transmission and distribution lines.

“We’d like to thank San Diego Gas and Electric and Southern Cal Edison for their mutual aid help they supplied for the two storms that came through the Valley,” said Director Jim Hanks. “It was one of our main lines that brings in about 100 megawatts. I would also like to thank staff for working around the clock to get everyone’s power back on.”

The monetary total of the extensive damage has yet to be determined. Staff will document all hours worked, materials used, and vehicle information to compile costs.