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Media Contact:
Joe Richardson, Vice President of Communications
E-mail: joe.richardson@sweci.com 
Phone: (800) 637-8667

Members Asked To Prepare For Overnight Outages
Sunday, July 23, 2017

11:15 p.m.

Southwestern Electric crews continue to make progress restoring service this evening after today’s storm interrupted power to 3,300 cooperative members. At 10:30 p.m., about 400 members remained without power.

“Our linemen and contract crews have made a lot of headway, but the damage is extensive, the sites are scattered throughout Madison County, and progress is slow,” said Joe Richardson, the cooperative’s communications coordinator. “We’re asking members who are still without power to prepare for an overnight outage. Members who depend on electricity to power a medical device are advised to find a safe, cool shelter until their power is restored.”

Due to the extent of the damage, estimated times of restoration weren’t available.

A severe thunderstorm early Sunday morning brought down power lines, snapped utility poles, and interrupted power to thousands of residents in Illinois and Missouri, including members in six of the 11 counties served by Southwestern Electric Cooperative.