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Central Electric: Power expected to be fully restored by late Thursday

Central Electric crews continue their efforts to restore electric service to approximately 250 members who have been without electricity since last Thursday. Despite the tough conditions and the amount of damage done to the electric power lines, crews are making very good progress.

"Based on the damage that we know of today, we feel we will have electric service restored to almost everyone by late Thursday," says Central Electric's Operations Manager, Brian Bultje. "There will no doubt be a few individual homes that will remain without power beyond Thursday, but almost all of our members will have their electric service restored by that time. Restoring electric service to pasture pumps and seasonal services as well as making permanent repairs to the system will take months to complete."

Central Electric is encouraging all members who are still without electric service to notify the cooperative. Do not assume that Central Electric knows you do not have electric service. These phone calls are important so the cooperative can insure that power is restored to everyone.

Areas remaining without electric service are located in Buffalo, Brule, Jerauld and northwest Aurora counties. Crews will be working in the general area located north of I-90 around the communities of White Lake, Kimball, Pukwana, Gann Valley and Wessington Springs.

The public is urged to use caution and stay away from low hanging or downed power lines and use caution when driving in areas where workers are making repairs. People are asked to stay out of ditches as broken poles and low hanging power lines may create a hazard.

Central Electric Cooperative is a member-owned Touchstone Energy Cooperative. The cooperative serves rural members in Davison, Hanson, Miner, Sanborn, Jerauld, Buffalo, Brule, and Aurora counties with offices in Mitchell, Plankinton, Kimball, Wessington Springs and Howard.

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