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And the rains came down...

Heavy rains in Perry County caused flooding, downed trees and widespread power outages in the early morning hours of July 28. Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative lineworkers began responding to calls as early as 1:30 a.m. on Friday to restore electricity.  At this time some 500 members are without power and scattered throughout the county with the largest outage in the Cypress Creek area.

“Crews have been working since the first calls came in, and daylight is helping us identify some of the problems. Unfortunately, the rains have washed away poles and other equipment, and flooding keeps us from reaching some areas,” says MLEC District Manager Derle Hill.  “MLEC crews from other counties are on their way to assist, but it is too early to tell how long restoration efforts will take, especially with more rain on the way. We appreciate everyone’s patience as power is restored.”

MLEC also reminds everyone to put safety first. If you see a line down, do not try to move or touch it in any way. Also, members using generators should contact MLEC immediately. If the generator is not being used properly, it can cause a fire hazard in the home and backfeed electricity into power lines resulting in serious injury or death to linemen and others working on repair efforts.

 

Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy® cooperative, is a non-profit organization offering reliable, affordable electricity to 35,000 members in Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lewis and Perry counties. Member – electric power companies of Middle Tennessee. Remember to play it safe around electricity.

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