4/10/2013 3:59:00 PM Federated to bring in line crews for much-needed sleep
Federated Rural Electric will bring in the cooperative's line crews at 6 p.m. today.
The crews have been working on the storm restoration for 28 hours straight.
At the height of the outages 2,000 members were without power. As of 4 p.m. about 820 Federated members are still without power. Outages are due to broken poles and cross arms from the weight of the ice, dangling or downed power lines and low hanging or broken tree branches from the weight of the ice.
"We need to bring the line crews in for some much needed rest," said Richard Burud, Federated's general manager. "Please make plans to go without electricity overnight if you do not have electricity restored by 6 p.m. Our line crews will resume outage restoration at daybreak Thursday morning."
Federated will continue to take outage calls overnight. Officials from the cooperative have offered thanks to members for their continued patience.
Federated restores power based on returning the most customers at a time. For example, priority is given to restoring a substation, which may have hundreds off, then major distribution lines before restoring individual outages.
Federated is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative serving 5,000 members in Jackson and Martin Counties.