Power outages affect 5,200 in southern Illinois
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS - Due to a severe storm with high winds and lightning, Egyptian Electric Cooperative has suffered widespread outages to its distribution system through-out Randolph, Jackson and Williamson Counties.
The storm has created outages from Sparta to areas south of Marion. At this time, approximately 3,350 members are without power.
At the peak of the event, approximately 5,200 Cooperative members were without electric service.
All crews of the Cooperative and available crews from an area contractor are working to restore outages. Plans are to access additional cooperative and contract crews as they become available.
Cooperative emergency response personnel request assistance from the general public with their patience during this period.
Additionally, the Cooperative wishes to remind everyone to consider every line that is down or low as an energized and dangerous line. EEC realizes the desire of homeowners to clear trees from their property and roads, but if a line is close to or in the trees, removal should be postponed until restoration crews remove the dangerous situation.
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