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Power restoration efforts continue

HOOKER, Okla. (July 2, 2014, 8:45 a.m.) – Efforts to restore power for affected TCEC members continue today. At the height of the storm on June 30, more than 9,000 meters were without power. As of 8:30 a.m. today, power has been restored to 77 percent of the affected meters with about 2,000 meters remaining off. Of the 270 damaged poles, 30 have been replaced. Other cooperatives have sent crews to help with restoration efforts so TCEC has 11 crews working extended hours to restore power to members.

“Safely restoring power to the greatest number of people in the shortest timeframe possible is our goal as we coordinate restoration efforts,” said Zac Perkins, TCEC assistant general manager. “Now that we’ve assessed the damage and planned our approach, we will see the number of outages greatly reduced today.”

Members who remain without power 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. 

“The safety of our members and our crews is our first priority,” Perkins said. “I can’t stress enough that members using generators need to ensure they are installed and used properly. To prevent back feeding which energizes power lines crews may be working on, generators should have a double throw switch professionally installed. Also, members should never use a generator indoors as carbon monoxide is deadly.”

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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