What A Storm
Pioneer Electric Cooperative linemen worked tirelessly this past weekend to restore power to over 4,000 members in Butler, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dallas and Monroe counties after summer thunderstorms left many trees and poles down throughout their coverage territory.
The southern part of Alabama was hit with severe thunderstorms Friday, June 17, 2016, causing a reported 22,000 to lose power across the state. Pioneer Electric was not alone in having major outages, as Alabama Power Company was also hit with major destruction in the area.
“It was a long night and day for our linemen, engineering and communications staff, but we have a lot to be thankful for,” said Vice President of Engineering and Operations Phillip Baker. “We are very fortunate to work with a co-op where everyone pitches in to help at times like this.”
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Terry Moseley released this statement following the almost twenty-four hour power outage: This was a major storm for Pioneer Electric Cooperative with over 4,000 members without power at its height. Our crews have been working all night and day and several employees even returned home from family vacations to help. We also received help from our sister co-op, Cullman Electric Cooperative, who sent 3 crews this morning. Thankfully, at this time, we have restored power to the last 50 or so members. This storm was so destructive that Governor Bentley declared a state of emergency. Pioneer's employees, both men and women, have served our members well and I am proud to work with them. The positive comments and prayers were appreciated— thank you Pioneer members!
Pioneer Electric remains ready to assist with any power outages and encourages members to report power outages as they arise using 1-800-533-0323. Outages can also be viewed live from the outage viewer on the Pioneer Electric website (www.pioneerelectric.com) or by downloading the free PEC Connect mobile application. Outage notifications and other co-op related information can also be found on the co-op’s Facebook page.
“We encourage everyone to stay tuned to local weather stations as severe weather arises this summer because the safety of our members is our utmost concern,” said Communications Specialist Casey Rogers. “We are ready and committed to keeping your power on. The best thing that members can do is to make sure their contact information is up to date with the co-op and to report outages as they occur.”