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|Spoon River Electric Cooperative Still Working to Restore Power to Customers
|posted 9 a-m, 12/20/8 Officials from Spoon River Electric in Canton are continuing to battle the effects of the major ice storm that hit the area early Friday morning.
Outage reports are still pouring in due to the ice accumulation on power lines and broken tree limbs. "Lines are falling as fast as we put them up," says Bill Dodds, Spoon River Electric CEO.
It is still difficult for officials to predict power restoration and Members with restored power risk loosing power again, especially with the weather prediction of high winds holds true. "It's messy out there. Some of the ice hasn't fallen off lines and trees. If the wind starts to blow, we are looking at a whole new set of problems," says Paul Moffitt, SREC Lineman.
All crews and SREC employees were sent home at 12:30 a.m. Saturday to get some rest. The workday for the linemen began before 7 a.m. and employees are back in the office answering phones. Three relief crews from Missouri have arrived to assist our forestry and line crews to repair damage. A total of seven crews are out across the territory right now.
"I've been out with our men since the outage began. They are working hard and doing everything they can to get power restored," adds Dodds. Spoon River Electric would like to thank all members for their patience and understanding. If any members have any pictures of the ice damage, we would like for you to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spoon River Electric Cooperative serves more than 4,835 members over 1,241 miles of line in parts of Fulton, Knox, McDonough, Peoria and Schuyler counties.
(Information from Spoon River Electric Cooperative)
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