BURLESON – A strong storm compounded by intense winds, hail and reported tornadoes swept through United’s service territory last night and this morning, creating outages for more than 5,000 members of the cooperative. While most of the outages were in Johnson County, the storms affected members in every part of the cooperative’s service territory. Crews have been working to restore power since early evening on April 26, and it appears that will continue throughout today as they battle flood conditions to access many of the trouble spots. Restoration efforts will continue around the clock.
“Safety is paramount with the level of damage our system and community have sustained,” said United CEO Ray Beavers. “Our employees are the most committed folks I’ve ever worked with and they will work to restore service as quickly as safely possible,” he said.
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. Please have your account number ready. During widespread outages, call volume typically surges. If you get connected to our automated phone attendent, please leave your information:
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April is a very special time of year for our organization and for electric cooperatives across the nation. The second Monday of each April is designated to serve as the day electric cooperatives celebrate National Lineman Appreciation Day in honor of linemen who work to keep the lights on. However, we don’t think one day is adequate, so we at United dedicate the entire month as an opportunity for all of us to recognize the United linemen who keep the lights on.
While it takes all of United’s outstanding employees to meet the needs of our membership, the linemen are the lifeblood of an electric distribution utility and that couldn’t be more true for our cooperative. They’re a special breed, who understand their purpose is to be there for our members around the clock, every day of the year, rain or shine, through tornadoes or wildfires. We care deeply for them, as we know all of our United family does, so we ask that you join usin recognizing them this month.
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