Hurricane Michael may be over, but the impacts left by this storm are still being felt all over West Florida Electric Cooperative’s (WFEC) service area. The emergency power restoration efforts after Hurricane Michael were mostly completed by November, but the full recovery process will take much more time to work through. At this time, less than 1,000 WFEC members remain without power. These are members who sustained substantial damage to their homes and must make repairs to safely receive power. Some of these members will not be able to make repairs or receive power to their locations again. However, progress is being made in many areas:
• All CT meters have been repaired at this time. These are locations where multiple facilities have one metering point.
• Reconnects for Repairs: Our service center personnel and line crews are reconnecting electric service to members who have completed repairs on a daily basis. 94961001
• Linemen from WFEC and additional crews from local co-ops are working during the week and on the weekends to make the necessary repairs and expedite the repair process or to build new services.
Some challenges remain, but WFEC is working through them:
• Outdoor Light Repairs: Crews are working to make repairs to outdoor lights daily. In fact,
additional crews from Wiregrass & Pea River Electric are still working with us to make these repairs.
Over 400 lighting parts and bulbs have recently been ordered and are in stock, ready to be used along
with our existing inventory. If you have a yard light that needs to be repaired, please call your local
district office to let us know. Your local district office will also be happy to answer any questions or
concerns you may have about your outdoor lighting.
• Rainy, wet weather has caused delays for some repairs. If the ground is saturated, our large,
heavy bucket trucks and other equipment cannot access some locations. 80718001
• WFEC still has to stake old and new jobs, meet with members and build new services on top of
the additional workload caused by Hurricane Michael. Therefore, some processes may be delayed.
The cooperative’s linemen must also still work all power outages caused by weather, damaged
equipment, animals or accidents.
All of these items will take time to work through and resolve, and WFEC appreciates everyone’s
patience and understanding as we all work through the recovery process together.
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