MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) - Egyptian Electric Cooperative crews continue to restore service from last night's service disruptions caused by high winds and severe lighting.
Outages occurred to the system throughout Randolph, Jackson and Williamson Counties, according to the cooperative.
As of Wednesday evening, approximately 1,780 members are without power. At the peak of the event, approximately 5,200 Cooperative members were without electric service. Crews are expected to make continued progress this evening. Full restoration to all members is expected by tomorrow evening.
Line crews from Clinton County Electric Cooperative, Breese; and Monroe County Electric Cooperative, Waterloo; are assisting Egyptian crews with restoration efforts. In addition to the cooperative line crews, four contractor line crews and three tree trimming crews from Oilfield Electric are on site. Egyptian crews have been working to restore service since the storm hit the region yesterday evening.
Cooperative emergency response personnel request assistance from the general public with their patience during this period. The desire to know when service will be restored is understandable, but with over 140 different outages (line and individual outages) and sometimes difficult conditions, it is extremely hard to narrow restoration times, according to the cooperative.
The Cooperative does provide information as possible on exact restoration locations via Twitter. To receive Twitter texts on your cell phone, send "follow EgyptianCoop" to 40404. Standard text messaging charges from your service provider may apply.
The Cooperative wishes to remind everyone to consider every line that is down or low as an energized and dangerous line. We realize the desire of homeowners to clear trees from their property and roads, but if a line is close to or in the trees, removal should be postponed until restoration crews remove the dangerous situation.
Egyptian Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy® — an alliance of more than 730 local, consumer-owned electric utilities around the country. Egyptian Electric Cooperative is committed to improving the quality of life of our member-owners based on four core principles: integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. The co-op serves more than 14,500 meters over 2,200 miles of line in parts of Jackson, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington and Williamson counties. For more information, visit www.eeca.coop.
For additional information regarding electrical safety, visit www.safeElectricity.org.