KOSCIUSKO — Thirty-two hours and counting, KREMC crews have been working tirelessly to restore power to members. The co-op’s all-night efforts paid off reducing the number of members out of power from 4,600 yesterday afternoon to 75 this morning.
The remaining outages are scattered throughout KREMC territory; they are a result of the damage caused by Thursday’s severe storm. It caused widespread damage throughout KREMC service territory. The support from surrounding cooperatives, Heartland, Northeastern, Miami Cass and Jay County REMCs, was invaluable in helping the co-op get members back on.
“I am hopeful we will get everyone up and running today so that everyone can enjoy the holiday weekend,” said Bruce Goslee, president and CEO of KREMC.
A former lineman, Goslee has a unique understanding of storm outages and recognizes how hard the crews work during an outage. “The loss of our transmission lines feeding eight of our substations and meter points compounded the problem. Our hands were tied, we had no way to get some of our members to the west of the county back on. At this point, we are pushing the limits by transferring load from one source to another. It’s important our members know we are aware of them and that we have not forgotten them. We’ll get everyone back on, there’s no doubt about that.” assured Goslee.
“I cannot express enough the value of KREMC employees. From our member service team to our operations team, they put our members first and work seamlessly together to restore power as quickly as possible. We’ve got a really great group of people at KREMC.”