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Arizona Public Service Prepares for Monsoon Season

Storm Damage

Arizona's monsoon weather season officially began on June 15th, but this week is the first time enough moisture has moved into the state to potentially trigger afternoon and evening thunderstorms and rain in southern Arizona.

While monsoon storms can be inconvenient and dangerous, for the state's largest utility, the storm season presents a major challenge due to outages triggered by storm damage.

Southwest Division Manager for Distribution for Arizona Public Service Company, Jeff Spohn of Yuma, tells KAWC's Dave Riek that his 20 employees in La Paz County and 40 crew members in Yuma County have been planning for this summer's monsoon since January...

Jeff Spohn is the Yuma-based Division Manager for Trans Distribution for Arizona Public Service.  You can get more information about APS and download resources for storm preparedness at

Dave Riek has been General Manager at KAWC since January 2006. He began his work in Yuma as a partnership with NPR member-station, KNAU, at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. After more than a year splitting his time between the two stations, Dave made the move to Yuma in the summer of 2007.