Restoration Update: May 8, 2017
Crews reached a huge milestone as they were able to get all residential meters back on. At this time, we have 726 meters still off. A majority of these meters are in remote areas and are tied to gas or irrigation wells. We’ve sent support crews from our fellow Kansas cooperatives home this morning for some much needed rest. Support crews from Missouri will continue to aid our linemen on restoration projects.
Thank you to all of the crews and communities that supported us during this restoration process. The power of a cooperative is the network of members, employees and communities that come together to get the job done. In working together, we power more than just our homes and businesses. We empower the lives of our friends, neighbors and families.
Outage updates will continue throughout the rest of the restoration process. However, they may not be on a daily basis. If you do happen to lose power, we strongly encourage you to report your outage by calling either 888-551-4140 or 620-424-4612
Warm weather and sunshine has helped improve conditions for crews. They worked long into Friday evening restoring as many meters as the day would allow. Before settling down for the evening, crews were able to restore power to 496 meters reducing the number of meters down to 1305.
“Each day we see conditions improve a bit more for our crews,” said Operations Manager, Mike Haney. “This is allowing us to reach areas that were previously inaccessible and push us towards restoring power to our members. If conditions continue to improve we hope to see residential meters restored within the next three days”
Outage lines will remain open throughout the weekend. Members needing to report downed lines or outages may do so by calling 888-551-4140 or 620-424-4612. Thank for your continued patience!
With the first signs of light, our crews and employees prepare for today’s restoration projects. This morning we welcome additional crews from Missouri cooperatives.
“We are optimistic of the progress we will make today,” said CEO Steve Epperson. “The additional support and clear weather has everyone in high spirits. Thank you for your continued patience.”
Thursday’s clear skies were a welcomed sight to our crews. Deep mud is still an issue throughout a large majority of our service territory; however, we are proud of the progress made by our crews. We estimate that the number of downed meters has been reduced to approximately 1,801. At this time we are unsure of how many poles have been restored, but we do know that crews were able to start addressing larger sections of downed lines.