Cooperative making progress in restoring power

STEELVILLE, IL (KFVS) - Egyptian Electric Cooperative says it has made significant progress with outages caused by the April 19 storm.

At this time, 4 members are without power. At the peak of the event, approximately 5,200 Cooperative members were without electric service. The last four will be restored this evening, according to the co-op.

The co-op says the majority of the remaining outages are related to individual services at residences. These restoration projects require considerable time and resources to complete. It can require as much time, personnel and equipment to set one meter pole at a residence and restore service to one home as it does to set a main line pole and restore service to hundreds of meters.

Line crews from Clinton County Electric Cooperative, Breese; and Monroe County Electric Cooperative, Waterloo; have assisted Egyptian crews with restoration efforts.  In addition to the cooperative line crews, four contractor line crews and three tree trimming crews from Oilfield Electric were on site.

The Cooperative says it wishes to thank its members for their patience and perseverance during this event.

Egyptian Electric Cooperative is a member of Touchstone Energy, an alliance of more than 730 local, consumer-owned electric utilities around the country.

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/.

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