Eight days of work restoring natural gas and electric services to customers in the area affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire cost an estimated $2.7 million.
Colorado Springs Utilities’ reports a majority of that money, approximately $1.5 million, was spent on labor and equipment. At the height of the effort, more than 100 personnel were working more than 12 hour shifts. Most of the work was door-to-door safety checks and lighting pilot lights.
Replacing gas and electric infrastructure cost an estimated $1 million. Approximately $570,000 of this went toward replacing lines and poles on the transmission line between Green Mountain Falls and the Air Force Academy. Other expenses covered electric transformers and natural gas equipment.
At least 39 million gallons of water was used for fire suppression. That was valued at approximately $200,000.
The utility says they’ve been working with relief agencies and believe most of the expenditures will be reimbursed.