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The co-op says damaging winds left over 80 percent of its service territory left without power – affecting over eight-thousand members.
Buckeye says line crews have been working throughout the region since the storm ended to restore power as quickly as possible – with majority of members back in service as of yesterday evening.
The co-op says the focus now is to work on the areas where there are single homes, or small “pockets” of areas that are served by the smaller distribution lines.
The damage to the co-op’s distribution system was extensive and the repairs will continue long after members have been restored.
As of this morning, the co-op estimates that slightly over 800 members throughout the nine county service territory are still without power. Some members had their power restored only to lose it again a few hours later due to continued storm damage.
With additional storms continuing to come through the area, the restoration process was, at times, brought to a halt.
Co-op members are encouraged to call the outage hotline at 1-800-282-7204 to report outages, especially if they notice their neighbors have power and they do not.
The co-op says crews will continue to work today and through the weekend if needed to bring power to all members.