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May 23, 2019

MEC Sends Crew to Assist in Storm Repair

MEC Sends Crew to Assist in Storm Repair

‘Cooperation Among Cooperatives’ is one the seven principles that cooperatives operate on. This means that when other co-ops need your help, you head their way! MEC is sending four lineworkers to assist in repairing some of the devastation to electric infrastructure around Linn.

Around the state, both Three Rivers Electric, Linn, and Barton County Electric, Lamar, suffered considerable damage from apparent tornados. A total of 5,877 electric cooperative members were without power at 9 am Thursday morning, with 3,019 of those at Three Rivers and 1,413 at Barton County.

Crews around the state worked through the night in heavy rain to restore power. Much of the damage involves lines twisted together with fallen trees. Roads in many cases are impassable, and crews must wait on heavy equipment to clear the way.

Some of the outages are left over from a series of storms that have plagued the cooperatives since Saturday. There’s been little rest for cooperative linemen, including those out of harm’s way that are helping repair damage at other systems. More crews are heading into the areas affected today.

Missouri’s electric cooperatives remind the public to stay clear of any downed power lines. Any downed line should be considered hot and dangerous.

Stay tuned for more updates on the restoration process.

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