Floods prevent access to United infrastructure.
May 29, 2015 – The strong overnight storms, dropping more rain on top of already saturated ground, has created accessibility issues as United crews work to restore service in certain parts of its territory. While the cooperative, which serves more than 80,000 meters, had only about two dozen members without service as of 9:30 a.m., some of those homes are impossible to reach to begin making repairs.
“East of I-35W has been the most problematic overnight and this morning,” said United CEO Ray Beavers. “Burleson, Lillian, Mansfield and parts of Joshua have seen pockets that we’ve had to make several trips to as we waited out high water and flooded roads, but we’ll continue to monitor the situations so that we can restore service when it’s safe,” he added.
Currently, Wedgewood Dr. in Mansfield is the area that United crews cannot access five members needing service restoration.
“Crews have been working to restore power around the clock over the last week as each new storm system brings another wave of outage potential and challenges,” said Beavers. “Our number one priority as we work to maintain or restore service is the safety of our employees, the members and the general public. United employees are the most committed folks I’ve ever worked with in my nearly 40 years in the electric utility business and they will work to restore service as quickly as safely possible,” he added.
With the forecast pointing toward more storms and rain through much of the weekend, the potential for more flooding exists, which will cause delays in restoration efforts if outages occur. United emphasizes the need for members and the general public to stay clear of downed power lines. If a power line or utility pole is down, stay clear and call United or local emergency crews.
During a loss of electricity, members of United Cooperative Services should call their area office and report the outage. Members should have their account number ready. During widespread outages, call volume typically surges. If connected to United’s automated phone attendant, please leave your information:
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Demonstrating its commitment to the communities it serves, United Cooperative Services this summer will provide $43,000 in Energy Scholarship Awards to 14 students who are members of the cooperative. United’s scholarship award program was created to encourage and assist in the educational pursuits of the co-op’s members and their families. United will award 10 scholarships valued at $2,000 each. Three additional scholarships will be awarded: Third Place will receive a $4,000 scholarship, Second Place will receive a $5,000 scholarship and First Place will receive a $10,000 scholarship award.
The scholarship application process runs May 1 through June 1, 2015. Applications will not be accepted after June 1. Applications must be filled out online at United’s Web site: HERE. Eligible applicants include graduating high school seniors and returning college students who meet a number of criteria, which includes being an active member of United or a dependent of parents or legal guardians who are active United members at their principle residence.
There will be two rounds of judging. In the first component of award judging, the placement of the top 15 award recipients out of all applicants will be determined by an independent panel of judges who will base the awards on financial need and leadership, community service and school activities. Some components of this part of the award judging must be completed by filling out the online application at www.united-cs.com. For the second part of award judging, the top 15 scholarship award recipients out of all applicants must participate in an interview contest on July 30 in front of an independent panel of judges.
Additional criteria can be obtained online HERE.
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