Unusual October ice storm impacts many in our service territory
An unusual late October ice storm lead to many outages in Rural Electric Cooperative’s service territory. Members of REC’s Farwell, Naples and Rush Springs substations were impacted the worst in this week-long event. At the peak of the outages, REC had approximately 3,500 members out of electricity.
The heavy rainfall and drastic temperature change on Monday contributed to ice forming and accumulating on the power lines and trees. However, by the middle of the week the temperatures began to climb. After several long nights, our crews were able to restore electricity to our residential members on Friday and finished the rest of the repairs on Saturday.
During the restoration progress, crews found and replaced approximately 55 broken poles. REC had two contractors helping during the restoration and five mutual aid crews. Two of the mutual aid crews were from Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative in Arkansas, two of the mutual aid crews were from Heartland Electric Cooperative in Kansas and one mutual aid crew from Ark Valley in Kansas.