Ice Storm Outage Update - Monday, Jan. 16, 6 p.m.
As of 6 p.m. on Monday, January 16, we have 32 crews and more than 150 lineworkers working extended hours to restore power to members affected by the ice storm.
At this time, approximately 5,719 meters in Beaver County and parts of Texas County are without power. We are estimating more than 1,000 broken poles at this time. Because damage is still occurring, we are staging, framing and working on transmission lines. We will start setting poles and stringing wire after the damage is complete. Because of the wet and muddy conditions, progress will be slow.
“We appreciate the patience and understanding of our members,” said CEO Zac Perkins “Thanks for all the messages and calls supporting our employees’ efforts during trying times.”
If you are without power as of 6 p.m. on Monday, please make plans for an extended power outage which could last weeks due to extensive damage. We are following a restoration plan, which allows us to work in the most efficient manner. Trunk lines, the backbone of our system, are repaired first. Next, attention is turned to taps and feeders off those main lines. Most of the wires you see are taps and feeders, not main circuits. Last, we concentrate on individual service wires. We decide which repairs to make first according to the number of people the repair affects.
We appreciate your patience and ask that you avoid approaching crews as this is unsafe and hampers restoration efforts.
Please use the SmartHub app to report power outages if possible. Phone lines may be crowded due to the number of members affected. To report an outage or speak to a representative, call TCEC at 580.652.2418.