Southwestern Electric Cooperative is focusing its crews on restoring the final handful of members still without power as of early Friday.
A total of nine Southwestern Electric members in Bond County are still without power due to strong winds that produced galloping lines, precluding linemen from being able to restore power to those members. Southwestern Electric CEO Bobby Williams said the lower wind speeds Friday have helped calm the galloping effect, allowing crews to begin repairs. Williams said the expectation is to have all nine members' power restored today but noted that difficult conditions will still present a challenge for the co-op's crews.
Over the past 48 hours, Southwestern crews have restored power to thousands of members affected by the winter storm that impacted the co-op's entire service area. High winds, on top of the ice and snow that pelted the region beginning early Wednesday, sheared bolts from poles and broke crossarms, making for long days for both members and the co-op's crews.
Members who see downed or sagging power lines should stay clear of the area and contact Southwestern Electric Cooperative at (800) 637-8667. In addition, people clearing debris should look for sagging or fallen wires before they begin working.