”A lot to be Thankful For” Nov. 22, 2018
As I type this our crews and those that assisted us are working to restore the final outages of what has been a nearly week-long storm event. I wanted to thank our membership for their patience, resiliency and graciousness throughout this event.
The ice, heavy wet snow and wind that came through the area has brought with it many challenges that forced us to engage many of our contingency plans:
• Road closures to and from our office and outage locations had us implement our alternate routing while fire, police, township, county and agencies worked diligently to reopen roads.
• Our telephone communications were down and intermittent throughout as our four different carriers, 2 land line and 2 cellular, experienced service interruptions leading us to implement our emergency backup utilizing an out of state provider.
• Our power supplier experienced the same level of damage that we were sustaining effecting delivery to 9 of our substations and requiring of us a greater level of deliberate inspection of our lines before restoration further delaying restoration efforts. This led to us engaging our prior established mutual aid agreements with cooperatives across the state as well as the 4 tree trimming contractors that we utilize throughout the year.
These efforts, while not flawless, were admirable, planned in advance and executed well. I would like to recognize the efforts of all of those involved; CEC employees, the crews that assisted us, our statewide association, our power supplier, the public agencies mentioned above, the media outlets that shared information, our Board of directors and you, our members for working with us throughout the event.
Respectfully and Gratefully,
Central Electric Cooperative