Homes in TCEC service area restored following Winter Storm Jupiter
On Sunday, January 15, TCEC’s electric system was hit by winter storm Jupiter. Storm damages are well into the millions of dollars as the assessment continues. The ice wreaked havoc on trees, power poles and line, transformers and other equipment. TCEC reported nearly 7,000 outages at the height of the storm. Yesterday, crews restored power to those last few homes of members who were still without power. Several hundred other services remain without power. Crews will be working to restore power to them in the coming days.
In 10 days, crews replaced more than 70 miles of line and restored power to all the residences in TCEC’s service territory.
TCEC released its mutual aid crews and extra contractors today. Many of them are moving to sister cooperatives that still have residential outages. In the coming days, TCEC crews will concentrate on restoring power to the services that have the ability to receive service.
“We still have a huge amount of work to complete but we turned a major corner yesterday,” said CEO Zac Perkins. “Words cannot express the gratitude I have for the hard work and dedication of our employees, the mutual aid crews and the contractors. Not to mention the outpouring of support from members and businesses who donated food, time and other items to the restoration effort.”
TCEC posted regular updates with videos and photos to its Facebook page during the storm repairs. To view them, go to: https://www.facebook.com/tricountyelectric/. Like the page to stay informed.
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Published on January 26. 2017