KOSCIUSKO — This morning a severe storm ripped through Kosciusko REMC’s service territory leaving significant damage to poles and lines in its wake.
Members began losing power at 4:40 a.m. At that time KREMC dispatched their line crews in full force to begin work to restore power to over 9,500 members. The damage throughout the area is astounding. The primary reason for outages, however, is out of KREMC’s hands. The outage is occurring at the source leaving eight of KREMC’s 17 substations without power.
“We are unable to give an estimated time for restoration to our members presently,” said Bruce Goslee, president and CEO of KREMC. “There is just no telling when transmission lines will be up and running again.”
KREMC has successfully restored power to 3,000 members in the last four hours. Given the information the cooperative has at this time, they are advising their members to prepare for an extended outage.
KREMC has an outage map available to their members on their website, kremc.com and they keep their members updated via their Facebook page.
KREMC reminds community members to stay away from downed lines. Please do not attempt to walk past them or work around them. Please report downed lines right way by calling the co-op at (574) 267-6331.
“We are aware of our members that are out of power, but we aren’t always aware of downed power lines. It is important that members give us a call if they see any lines down,” said Goslee.