Officials with Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative informed Regional Radio News early this (Wed) afternoon, that about 38-hundred 50 of its members were without power this morning due to snow and ice. Most outages were due to transmission lines "galloping" and making contact on the spans, tripping protective devices on the lines.
Rural Electric's substations near Kincaid, Taylorville, Litchfield and Girard were affected, along with some distribution circuits in the Harvel and Glenarm areas.
Rural Electric says that repairs were slowed by bad road conditions, and the cooperative had 2 line trucks stuck in ditches at one point.
Crews were able to back feed 2 substations while tranmission repairs were made, and others were restored by mid-morning. Most Rural Electric Co-op members were back in service between 9:30 and 11:30 this (Wed) morning, while a couple of local lines were still under repair. Blowing snow and sleet are continuing hazards as Rural Electric crews worked into this (Wed) afternoon.
Rural Electric Convenience Co-op serves some 58-hundred members in 5 counties south of Springfield.