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Sumner-Cowley Electric Reports Widespread Outages

Due to severe storms on Monday and Tuesday evening, hundreds of Sumner-Cowley Electric members in Sumner and Harper counties are without power.

Severe storms hit Sumner, Kingman and Harper counties Monday evening resulting in approximately 1,000 members without power. The microburst storm resulted in 90 utility poles down and extensive line damage. Sumner-Cowley Electric brought in extra crews Monday evening to aid the power restoration process. By Tuesday evening, the majority of members had power restored.

Sumner-Cowley Electric crew made great power restoration progress after Monday’s microburst, but Tuesday evening brought another round of severe thunderstorms.

Strong winds, heavy rain and large hail in Sumner and Harper counties brought many of the poles restored Tuesday back to the ground. Due to down transmission lines serving the Caldwell substation, members connected to this substation will be without power for an extended period of time.

As of Wednesday morning, approximately 1,000 members were without power. Sumner-Cowley Electric brought in 20 additional linemen to assist the full time crew in restoring power.

“These guys have been working since Monday evening when the first storm hit and will continue until all members have their power restored,” said Cletas Rains, Chief Executive Office at Sumner-Cowley Electric. “Our crews are working under adverse conditions but are making progress.”

Although the crews have been making progress, providing a power restoration time frame is very difficult due to a number of factors. The severity of the damage, access to the power lines and transmission service to the substations all effect power restoration.

If you need to report a power outage, please call 620-326-3356.

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