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Assessment and restoration efforts continue

HOOKER, Okla. (July 1, 2014) – 5 p.m. update: Power has been restored to approximately 6,300 meters from a high of 9,000 meters since the early morning hours of July 1. More than 2,700 meters remain off with 30 poles replaced today out of the 270 damaged by the storm. Crews will continue their restoration efforts Wednesday morning. Assessment during the daylight revealed additional poles lost and damaged equipment. More damages are expected to be found as assessment and restoration continue.

Members who are without power today should plan for an extended outage and make arrangements accordingly. A large majority of members will see their power restored by the evening hours of Friday, July 4 weather permitting.

“We are making continual progress towards complete restoration,” said Zac Perkins, assistant general manager. “Our number one goal is the safety of employees, members and the electric system. If you are using a generator, be sure it is connected properly to prevent deadly back feed onto power lines.”

Safety Tips:

  • Generators: If you plan to use a generator, know how to operate it safely. Never use a generator or other appliance that runs on gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal indoors as carbon monoxide is deadly.
  • Supplies: Assemble supplies, such as an emergency kit with a battery powered radio, flashlights, water, canned food, extra blankets, a first aid kit, prescription medicines and special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.
  • Food safety tips: Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the temperature. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours if the door remains closed. Visit http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm076881.htm for more details.

Monitor outages via the cooperative’s outage map at www.tcec.coop. Stay connected with the latest updates via social media sites, Facebook: www.facebook.com/tricountyelectric or Twitter: www.twitter.com/tricountyec.

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Headquartered in Hooker, Okla., Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) is a not-for-profit distribution cooperative owned and controlled by its members. TCEC is committed to delivering safe, reliable, affordable electric service. The utility serves approximately 23,000 member accounts in the Oklahoma Panhandle, southwestern Kansas, and the northern border of the Texas Panhandle. TCEC is a Touchstone Energy cooperative. For more information, visit www.tcec.coop.

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