(May 7, 2020 at 6 p.m.) — Property owners and Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative members in its five-county service area continue to recover from recent storms. The communities are helping each other clear trees and debris, as the cooperative plants poles and strings lines.
At this hour, the number of outages is slowly decreasing as the tedious but important task of working on isolated locations continues. With outages scattered across the large counties, it takes time to move crews and equipment from one location to another and set up the jobsite. MLEC and additional crews continue working this evening.
Approximately 100 remain without power in hardest hit Hickman County, and MLEC anticipates service will be returned to all by sometime tomorrow. This afternoon, crews are focusing on Hidden Valley, Harrington Place, Johnson Road, Ben Fly Road, Buck Litton Road, and locations in the Coble area.
With the exception of a few isolated cases, power has been restored to everyone affected by the storm in Houston, Humphreys Lewis and Perry counties. There are also individual situations where home or business owners need to make repairs before service can be restored in all five counties.
MLEC urges anyone still without power to contact their local MLEC office. This verifies the cooperative is aware of locations that were not returned to service once the main line was repaired.
“This is a crucial time for line work,” says MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan. “We’ve reached the point where we are working on individual service lines and want to make sure all the outages are noted and get addressed. It is also crucial because after 5 days of storm repair, crews are fatigued, and we want to make sure they work safely. The support of those we serve has been appreciated.”
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