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Spring Snowstorm Hits TCEC Members Hard With Outages

TCEC is experiencing another devastating spring blizzard. We began having outages on Saturday, April 29, in the western side of our service territory. As the storm intensified into a blizzard on Sunday the entire service territory began having outages.

The outage count peaked somewhere close to 18,000 meters off during mid-morning on Sunday. As of Sunday night at 10 p.m., TCEC employees had reduced that number to somewhere between 10,000-11,000 affected meters.

One of the biggest issues that we currently face and will for the next few days will be the status of the roads. Currently we are unable to get very many places and this has limited our ability to complete a damage assessment. Currently we know of approximately 500 downed poles and expect this number to rise substantially today as the damage assessments get turned in. We have 11 additional crews arriving to help with the restoration effort in the coming days.

"We value the patience and understanding of our members as we work to restore power as safely and quickly as possible," said TCEC CEO Zac Perkins. "Once we complete the damage assessment, TCEC should be able to give better estimates of restoration times. Members without power today should prepare for outages extending over several days."

TCEC will continue to post 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.

Originally distributed at 10 a.m. on May 1, 2017.

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