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Tri-County Electric Says To Expect Lengthy Outage in Kinmundy and Omega Area To Continue

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Tri-County Electric Cooperative General Manager Marsha Scott says crews are working through the night trying to get power restored to 335 customers east and south east of Kinmundy and in the Omega area.  The power first went off just before noon Sunday as a result of major icing on the power lines that combined with the wind has caused the lines to gallop.  That in turn has broken crossarms, braces and other equipment on the poles.  

Scott says more problems continue to develop as fast as repairs are made. She reports impacted Tri-County Electric customers should be prepared for the lengthy outage to continue, with the possibility of power not being restored until sometime Monday.  Scott reports the cooperative has another 33 customers without power in isolated areas, mostly in Marion County.  

Meanwhile,  Southwestern Electric Cooperative is urging members without power to find a safe, warm shelter.  "We're asking our members to prepare for an extended outage," said Joe Richardson, the co-op's director of communications. "High winds and drifting snow have created dangerous travel conditions throughout our service area," Richardson said. "To ensure the safety of our line crews, we're dispatching trucks in teams of three. As a result, it will take us significantly longer to respond to outages," he said. "Due to dangerously cold temperatures, members who depend on electricity for heat are strongly advised to find a safe, warm shelter until power is restored."  Most of Southwestern's outages have been in Fayette, Bond and Effingham Counties.  

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