October 21st Storm Recovery - Summary

Approximately 4,600 members were without power as a result of storms that moved through the area in the early morning hours of October 21st. Outages were caused by high-winds and lightning. High-winds coupled with saturated grounds caused trees from outside the right-of-way to fall onto lines causing the lines to fall to the ground. A total of 45 power poles were broken. We haven’t seen this number of broken poles since the 2017 flood.

HOEC crews along with crews from SEMO Electric Cooperative, Ozark Border Electric Cooperative, Black River Electric Cooperative, PIKE Construction and Arkansas Electric Right of Way crews worked diligently to safely restore power to our members. Between HOEC and these additional crews, we had a total of 96 boots on the ground along with their support team behind the scenes.

Dan Singletary, CEO/General Manager said, “Mother Nature really flexed her muscles and caused a lot of damage throughout the six counties we serve. Linemen and cooperative personnel went to work immediately. We appreciate the help we received from our sister cooperatives along with PIKE Construction and Arkansas Electric Right of Way crews. Cooperation among Cooperatives continues to be one of our guiding principles.”

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