First, Red River Valley Co-op Power wants members to know crews will not shut off power to any member unless:
- The member or emergency officials request it, and only if crews can do so safely.
- There is a safety concern.
- The home is flooded beyond habitation.
If your home or shop does flood, contact your electric utility so they can disconnect power from the transformer feeding your service if necessary. Stay away from any electrical equipment that could be energized and in contact with water. Do not attempt to disconnect your own power, or work on energized equipment once it has been flood damaged or exposed to flood waters. Do not attempt to operate breakers or switches that are wet or under water.
Likewise, if service to a home is not disconnected and the home does take in water, do not enter the home until power can be disconnected and water drained. In the event that severe flooding causes power outages due to downed poles, stay away from all downed power lines and promptly report them to your electrical utility.
Also, remember to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safely operating your generator. Since sump pumps are in or near water, it is good to have a ground fault interrupter outlet to connect the sump pump outlet to.
Here are some safety tips from Safe Electricity, a program of the Energy Education Council.