Fourteen of the state’s distribution cooperatives that lost hundreds of utility poles and experienced numerous line breaks from the weekend’s ice storm continue to restore power to affected areas.
Ice accumulations from the slow-moving storm ranged from a quarter inch to a half inch causing significant damage to trees and brought down power lines.
Line crews from co-ops who were less affected by the storm have sent more than 100 linemen, as well as equipment, to assist with restoration efforts.
The cooperatives most heavily affected by this storm include:
Ark Valley, South Hutchinson; Brown-Atchison, Horton; CMS, Meade; DS&O, Solomon; Lane-Scott, Dighton; Midwest Energy, Hays; Nemaha-Marshall, Axtell; Ninnescah, Pratt; Prairie Land, Norton; Rolling Hills, Beloit; Pioneer, Ulysses; Victory, Dodge City; Western, WaKeeney; and Wheatland, Scott City. TCEC, headquartered in Hooker, Oklahoma, which serves a portion of Southwest Kansas, also experienced outages in the wake of the storm.
Electric cooperatives providing assistance as of Wednesday, Jan. 18 include: Ark Valley, South Hutchinson; Bluestem, Wamego; Brown-Atchison, Horton; Butler, El Dorado; Caney Valley, Cedar Vale; DS&O, Solomon; Flint Hills, Council Grove; FreeState, Topeka/McLouth; Heartland, Girard; Lane-Scott, Dighton; Lyon-Coffey, Burlington; Nemaha-Marshall, Axtell; Prairie Land, Norton; Radiant, Fredonia; Sedgwick County; Cheney; Twin Valley, Altamont; Western, WaKeeney; and Wheatland, Scott City.
The electric cooperative line crews continue to work around-the-clock to restore service to their members. Outage durations in these rural areas will vary. Please see attached graphic that details the power restoration process.
Originally posted by Kansas Electric Cooperatives, INC.