JPEC continuing restoration efforts after overnight storms leave thousands without power

March 03, 2017

Paducah, Ky. – Four thousand JPEC members are still without power on Wednesday night as crews continue to work on restoring power and repairing infrastructure, cutting the number from 8,100 that were left in the dark after storms moved through the coverage area early this morning.

During restoration efforts on Wednesday, JPEC crews discovered more than 30 broken poles, damaged by straight-line winds, trees and debris during the storms. 

The cooperative reports that the majority of members still without power are in the following areas:

Ballard County served by the LaCenter and New York Substations

Graves County served by the Kansas Substation

Livingston County served by the Burna Substation

McCracken County served by the Freemont Substation, Kevil Substation, Krebs Station Substation, Little Union Substation, Strawberry Hill Substation

Several other smaller outages are scattered throughout the cooperative’s coverage area.

“We have called in guest crews to help us restore power to our members quickly,” reports Dennis Cannon, President and CEO, adding that the guest workers roughly doubled the size of the cooperative’s normal workforce.

“Our employees will work through the night tonight to continue the momentum in restoration that we’ve had today,” Cannon added. 

“It is our hope that the majority of our members will have power restored on Thursday,” said Cannon, noting that some of the smaller, isolated outages could take longer to restore.

Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation urges members to follow these steps during power restoration efforts:

  • Watch out for downed power lines and stay clear of areas where downed power lines are seen or suspected.  
  • If you see a downed power line, please warn others to stay clear and report the location to JPEC immediately, even if you believe it has already been reported. 
  • If you have not already reported your outage to JPEC, please do so by calling (270) 442-7321 or toll-free (800) 633-4044. Dispatchers are available throughout the night to take those calls.

Members can follow outage restoration efforts on the cooperative’s website outage page.

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