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Joe Richardson, Vice President of Communications
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Crews Restore Power to 1,160 Members; 1,400 Remain Without Service
Friday, June 29, 2018

12 a.m.

Southwestern linemen have restored power to about 1,160 members since a severe storm brought down trees and damaged power lines early Thursday evening. About 1,400 members are currently without power, down from 2,560 members Thursday night.

Southwestern personnel will continue to work overnight to restore power. In addition, the cooperative has enlisted the aid of contract crewmen to expedite repairs.

About 9 p.m. Thursday, more than 1,200 Southwestern Electric members in Fayette County lost power when an Ameren transmission line supplying power to the cooperative’s Sefton and Confidence Substations, located north and south of Brownstown, failed due to damage from the storm.

Throughout the evening and into Friday morning, Southwestern crews worked to reroute power from other co-op substations to restore service to members affected by the transmission line outage. As of 12 a.m. Friday, about 725 members in Fayette County are still without power.

The co-op’s western region saw the most damage from the storm, which left about 1,225 Madison County members without power. Presently, 650 members in Madison County remain without service.

Members are cautioned to avoid all downed and low-hanging power lines. Lines may be energized, or become energized without warning.