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August Wind Storm Rips Through KEC Territory More than 200 poles damaged, crews called in to assist KEC


By Austin Partida What goes around comes around. It’s only been a


“We do our best to get all residential members back


few months since KEC crews were assisting a sister co- operative after the May 24 tornado outbreak. On Aug. 8, it was KEC needing the as- sistance. A wind storm devastated parts of KEC’s distribu- tion sys- tem. We lost over 200 poles,


and more than 3,000 members were without power at the peak—a few members were without power for three days. The extent of the damage occurred


along I-35 (west and east) between Blackwell and Perry. The morning after the storm, KEC began restoration efforts, with assistance from Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (Norman), Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative (Collinsville), Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative (Shawnee), High Plains Electric (contractor) and Calvary Construction (contractor). The crews worked 15- hour days until all residential customers were back on. However, service to a few commercial and industrial accounts wasn’t restored for a little over a week.


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on as soon as we can, especially when temperatures are extreme like now,” stated David Reser, Director of Operations. “During a widespread outage, we first focus on main circuits out of the substations and lines serving the most members.” Not only did our distribution system take a hit,


transmission lines were destroyed or heavily damaged as well. These are the H-structures and very tall poles you see feeding into a substation. Restoration efforts usually take a little longer for these types of structures. As the storm passed through our territory that


Monday evening, all of our linemen were dispatched out to assess the damage. When our members experience an outage we ask that you call and report the outage. Because of the magnitude, however, we received a high- volume of calls at the time and some members were unable to get through. With today’s technology, we were able to communicate with our members through Facebook. Even though your power was out, some of you had access to Facebook via smartphone or an Internet connection at work or from a friend. Through Facebook, we were able to remain in contact, keeping our members updated on our outage situation, posting pictures of crews at work and answer questions.


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