HOEC assisting hard-hit neighbor Cooperative

Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative crewmen will be assisting in the emergency power restoration in central Missouri following winter storm "Rocky" that has plagued the region. HOEC sent eight crewmen today to assist in power restoration at Boone Electric Cooperative (BEC) headquartered in Columbia, MO, which was one of the hardest hit of the Cooperatives in Missouri. BEC reported nearly 12,000 members out of power following the storm.

According to the Association of Electric Cooperatives in Jefferson City, a combined total of more than 50,000 Cooperative members were without power across the state as of noon February 26th. The outages were widespread in a large area spanning from just north of Springfield, following Interstate 44 east and continuing as far north as Chillicothe and Macon.

"It is a part of Electric Cooperatives' emergency restoration plans to assist other utilities in situations where there are widespread power outages" said Myles Smith, Manager of Member Services at HOEC. "We have traditionally helped restore power in other locations as we have received help when needed. This is a prime example of what makes Electric Cooperatives unique just as we all work together for the good of our members" added Smith.

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