Southwestern Electric line crews continue to make headway in restoring power to members who lost service during yesterday’s storm. As of 1:00pm, linemen had restored service to 6,000 members.
More than half of the 1,000 members who remain without power reside in Effingham and Fayette counties, where the co-op’s distribution system was hardest hit by the storm.
“We had personnel working throughout the night to help us restore power as quickly as possible, and our crews expect to make significant progress this afternoon,” said Joe Richardson, the cooperative’s communications coordinator.
Linemen currently are deployed in the eastern and western districts of Southwestern’s service area, with co-op crews concentrating repair efforts in Effingham and Fayette counties.
Wednesday’s winter storm interrupted power to thousands of residents in Missouri and Illinois. Ice and high winds brought down power lines, broke utility poles, and interrupted power to more than 7,000 members in 10 counties served by Southwestern Electric Cooperative.