Safety Warning From Idaho Power: Stay Away From Flooded Electrical Equipment

Wet weather and spring runoff are increasing water levels in many places across our service area. Some customers are seeing signs of localized flooding. Idaho Power has an important warning: Stay away from flooded or submerged electrical equipment.

When transformers (the green boxes in subdivisions and elsewhere) are flooded, please do not approach them because they contain electrical equipment. Idaho Power always recommends staying away and never touching transformers when flooding occurs. Just as you would with downed power lines or damaged equipment, if you see a flooded transformer, call Idaho Power at 1-800-488-6151; within the Treasure Valley, call 208-388-2323.

In addition, homeowners are encouraged to call an electrician if their equipment is affected by flooding. If power must be shut off for safety reasons, a state electrical inspection may be required before Idaho Power can restore service. For questions, call Idaho Power’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-488-6151.

Boaters, anglers and anyone else working or playing near water should take extra caution. Spring runoff, heavy rain, water releases from dams and changes in irrigation diversions can cause water levels to change quickly. Wear flotation devices, pay attention to the conditions and respect all warning signs and buoy lines to keep a safe distance from dams.

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Erica Shiflet
Communications Leader