Officials at HOEC report that approximately 1,800 members were without power following severe weather that moved through the area early Wednesday morning, March 1st. Outages were caused by high-winds, lightning, and trees falling from outside the cooperative right of ways.
Officials were notified of at least 20 power poles that had fallen and needed replaced. HOEC crews with the help of Pike Electric began making repairs to safely restore power. HOEC would like to remind members if they ever see a downed power pole, or lines on the ground, please stay away from it and report it to the cooperative immediately at 417-256-2131 or 1-888-HOE-POWER. Crews worked very diligently all day, and power was safely restored to members at approximately 10:00 p.m. Wednesday evening.
The cooperative utilizes its Facebook page to update members on outages. Please note that Facebook is not an avenue to report an outage. If a member needs to report an outage, they can do so by calling 417-256-2131 or 1-888-HOE-POWER. You can also report an outage on the cooperative website at www.hoecoop.org.
Myles Smith, Manager of Member Services at HOEC said, “We always appreciate the patience of our members during outages. The only acceptable outcome during any outage is the safe restoration of power to all members. Again, thank you to all of our members for your patience during this outage.”