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Wiregrass Electric Cooperative continues to make progress with

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Oct 16 2018 8:13 AM

HARTFORD, Alabama — Wiregrass Electric concluded its fifth day of restoration efforts with 2,830 members without power. WEC had 225 workers begin work early Monday morning and concluded Monday night. The cooperative began the day with more than 3,600 outages. WEC has made great progress in the last five days by bringing the total outage number down from 18,000, but progress could slow some as crews begin working on single-phase lines.

The single-phase lines and tap lines that deliver power to member’s transformers take the same amount of effort to repair as the three-phase and two-phase lines, but only restore power to a small number of homes. That’s why the “members without power” number reported over the next few days may fall at a much slower pace than it did in recent days. WEC also wants to let members know that if their power has been restored and then goes off again that it is part of the restoration process.

“If your power goes out again, don’t panic,” says Kimbro. “In order to get other repairs made we are having to deenergize some lines so our crews can work safely. That will cause some members to lose power again, but it should not be off for an unreasonable amount of time.” Kimbro stressed that WEC’s goal is to restore power quickly, but the main goal is to keep linemen and members safe through this process.

WEC also wants to express its thanks for all the cooperatives and companies who have sent help, as well as all the well wishes, kind words and prayers from its members. In addition to all the crews that have come to assist, WEC would also like to thank its employees who have been working long hours for the last week to help get the power restored.

“Our own employees have done so much,” Kimbro says. “They have been away from their families a lot in the past week and many of them have damage where they live and don’t have power at their home. We also appreciate our employees’ families who have done so much for us this week. This has restoration effort has been a complete team effort.”

As of 4 p.m., WEC had the following outage numbers:

Columbia Substation - 581 members (59 percent out)

Slocomb Substation - 7 members (.01 percent out)

Burch Pond Substation - 1 member (.07 percent out)

Limestone Substation - 838 members (30 percent out)

Ashford Substation - 184 members (12 percent out)

Cottonwood Substation - 1,003 members (58 percent out)

Rehobeth Substation - 143 members (.07 percent out)

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