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As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, power has been restored to all the affected towns in our service territory, including the community of Balko. TCEC hopes to have residential members in the Elmwood area and other rural parts of Beaver and Texas County who can receive power restored by January 28. It will be sooner for some members. However, if a member is in a particularly isolated location or has other extenuating circumstances, it may take longer.

“Less than 48 hours ago, we were still seeing storm damage,” said TCEC’s Operations Vice President Lyle Mathis. “We’ve rapidly restored service to many members in that time, going from more than 7,000 meters out to less than 2,000. We’re starting on more sparsely populated areas now and our progress will be slower in the coming weeks due to the conditions of the roads and the extent of the damage.”

Mathis said the count of damaged poles is approaching 1,500 and TCEC has more than 180 additional lineworkers in the field along with all of its own employees working extended hours.

For those who are without power, the Ministerial Alliance of Beaver has an emergency shelter set up at the Church of Christ. It is serving hot meals at 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. through Sunday. Contact Reverend Jim Reeves at 806.330.2267 for more information.

Remember to stay away from power lines on the ground or touching trees. If you have reported damage, we are aware of it and are working toward fixing it.

If you use a portable generator, isolate it from our lines. Generators that are not isolated can feed back into our electrical system and possibly electrocute anyone coming in contact with those wires. If you don't have a double throw transfer switch installed by a qualified electrician, plug appliances directly into the generator using a properly sized extension cord. Notify TCEC of any generators in use that are not isolated so we can note your account. Due to the ongoing restoration, we are not performing generator inspections.

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