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|Spoon River Electric Cooperative Update
|posted 10:02 a-m, 12/21/8 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.
Officials are reporting outages all over the territory. The areas around Smithfield and Ipava have lost power due to the loss of transmission from Ameren and Prairie Power. Prairie Power is SREC's generation and transmission (G & T) cooperative out of Jacksonville, Illinois. Members in the northern areas of the territory near Delong and in the southern portion of our territory near Astoria are seeing very few outages, and members near Canton and Glasford are seeing only individual outages. Those residing around Ellisville, Fairview areas are seeing extensive outages.
"Lines are falling as fast as we put them up," says Bill Dodds, Spoon River Electric CEO. "I've been out with our men since the outage began. They are working hard and doing everything they can to get power restored."
All crews and SREC employees were sent home at 8 p.m. Saturday due to the dangerous wind conditions and the co-op building loosing power. "We cannot risk the health and safety of our crews. We needed to get our men off of the poles and out of the bucket trucks due to the winds. Ice was flying off trees and power lines like shards of glass," adds Dodds.
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. Officials hope to see more help come in on Sunday.
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