South Kentucky RECC crews began working on the numerous outages caused by the wind at 6 a.m. Sunday (April 14) morning.
At peak, the co-op had about 2,400 members without power from high winds and falling trees. The majority of the outages were in Pulaski County, but SKRECC V-P of Engineering Kevin Newton says there were restoration efforts across the system.
“The outages were widespread across our entire system, but most were located in Pulaski County. Crews began working from early Sunday morning, and we called in contract crews to assist, as well. SKRECC is still working cleanup on about 19 outages affecting about 73 members. “Every time we would get some members restored, we would have several more outages reported, due to falling tree limbs on lines. In all, we ended up with about 20 broken poles, and those slow restoration efforts.”
South Kentucky RECC CEO Dennis Holt says he is appreciative of the effort of the SKRECC employees that worked and for the assistance that was provided from contractors. “South Kentucky RECC has some of the best employees. They worked in extremely difficult conditions, away from their families, to restore electric to our members. We appreciate their dedication to our membership. We also want to thank the contract crews that came in to provide assistance.”
Holt and Newton both say that they are grateful for the patience, kindness and understanding shown to the co-op by the membership during the outage event. Newton adds that if anyone knows of any issues with trees or tree limbs, they should contact their local office and let them know so SKRECC can take care of it.