Monte Vista Roy

The Monte Vista Mobile Home park in Roy on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. Rocky Mountain Power had scheduled a temporary power outage there for maintenance on Friday and Saturday, but rescheduled it to April after clamoring from residents there worried about going without electricity in the cold.

ROY — Following clamoring from residents at Monte Vista Mobile Home Park in Roy, Rocky Mountain Power has decided to put off planned maintenance that would have left the park without power for parts of Friday and Saturday.

"We are all thrilled!" Becky DeLawder, one of the residents there, said in an email.

News of the delay spread late Tuesday afternoon, soon after the Standard-Examiner published an online article saying the planned maintenance was to occur later this week, and it came as a welcome surprise to DeLawder and others in the park. They had worried how those without an alternate place to go would have otherwise managed in the cold during the temporary outages.

Jacie Martin said the planned power outage on Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, prompted her and other residents to call the power company to ask that the planned work be delayed until warmer weather. DeLawder, too, had protested, and per Rocky Mountain Power's new timeline, the work will be delayed until sometime in April.

"You are all very much appreciated and I love seeing how this little community is coming together!" Martin said in an email to Monte Vista residents, referencing their calls to Rocky Mountain Power.

Monte Vista, housing perhaps 600 people in 300-plus units, is geared to those 55 and older, with some residents in their 80s and 90s, according to Martin. Before Tuesday's news, she said some elderly tenants who rely on oxygen tanks had stocked up on them in anticipation of the temporary power loss and possible inability to use electric devices.

Rocky Mountain Power spokesman David Eskelsen said a prior failure of an underground cable serving Monte Vista prompted an outage at the mobile home park and the now-delayed repair work aims to remedy the issue once and for all. A temporary fix resolved the earlier issue, which occurred about two months ago and led to a 14-hour outage, according to Martin. But a repeat is possible without a permanent repair job.

Monte Vista runs the risk of a repeat of the problem with a permanent fix delayed until April, Eskelsen said, but if it reoccurs, the power company will deal with it.

Eskelsen said the planned Monte Vista outage, impacting some 300 households when it occurs in April, is moderately sized in the larger scheme of things. Some outages have impacted up to 2,000 homes.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

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