South Kentucky RECC crews began working on the numerous outages caused mostly by the wind at 10 a.m. Saturday (January 11) morning.
At peak, the co-op had about 10,000 members without power from high winds and falling trees.
The outages were widespread, said SKRECC V-P of Engineering Kevin Newton, and there were restoration efforts across the system.
“The outages were widespread across our entire system, but most were located in Clinton, Wayne, Pulaski and McCreary Counties. Crews began working immediately Saturday morning, and we called in contract crews to assist, as well. In all, we ended up with about 40 broken poles. SKRECC is still working on about 13 outages affecting about 30 members, many that require pole change outs.”
South Kentucky RECC CEO Ken Simmons says he is appreciative of the effort of all the SKRECC employees that worked tirelessly through the weekend and for the assistance of our contractors.
“Although I am new to the co-op, I learned this weekend that 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.”
Simmons 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 is aware of it.