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80 still without electricity

80 still without electricity

Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011 8:57 pm

Gibson Electric Member-ship Corporation has restored power to all but about 80 customers who experienced outages caused by this week’s storms.
Initially Gibson EMC had 12,000 customers without power scattered throughout Gibson, Crockett, Obion, Lake and Dyer counties. Now, there are only about 37 different trouble spots affecting the 80 customers and these locations are limited to Gibson and Crockett counties. Service restoration will slow a little now that the repairs to trouble spots help fewer customers, but Gibson EMC expects to restore service to everyone who is “ready” to receive service today.
President and CEO Dan Rodamaker explained that customers who are without power should check their meter base and riser to be sure they are not damaged. If either is damaged, they need to call a licensed electrician and have that problem repaired. Once any needed repairs are made, customers should notify Gibson EMC that they are ready for reconnection.
Gibson EMC is asking customers who are still without power to call their local Gibson EMC customer service center. Rodamaker says that Gibson EMC’s employees, with the technical help of the co-op’s Outage Management and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems, do an exceptional job of tracking outages and creating service orders for service restoration.  “Still, we want to be absolutely certain that we are aware of every customer’s outage; so we ask customers to help us in this way,” he explains.
Gibson EMC is a rural electric cooperative serving more than 35,000 customers over 2,800 miles of electric line in Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Obion and north Madison counties.

Published in The Messenger 4.22.11

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