Riverside Public Utilities, Imperial Irrigation District Team Up to Make Repairs After Dust Storm

When a Sept. 8 dust storm in the Imperial Valley destroyed more than 80 power poles, municipal utilities responded quickly to help restore electricity service.

Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) was called on Sept. 9 to provide assistance under a Southern California Public Power Authority mutual aid agreement agreement. Six crew members with five trucks stayed for seven days to assist the Imperial Irrigation District (IDD) with the storm-related repairs.

It’s common for Publicly Owned Utilities such as RPU and IID, which are both CMUA member agencies, to provide mutual aid assistance by sending out crews to repair poles in the event of a major incident.

Photos courtesy of RPU.