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CHELCO crews work through Hurricane Sally

CHELCO lineman finalizes the restoration of an outage caused by Hurricane Sally. As of noon Wednesday, around 7,100 members were without service.
CHELCO lineman finalizes the restoration of an outage caused by Hurricane Sally. As of noon Wednesday, around 7,100 members were without service.(CHELCO)
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 2:04 PM CDT
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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (PRESS RELEASE) - UPDATE: September 16 (10pm)

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, CHELCO had approximately 2,400 members without power, as crews continue to work diligently restoring power to its members. The heaviest damage occurred in Western Okaloosa County, with moderate damage and significant flooding throughout CHELCO’s service territory.

“Our crews are continuing to work around the clock to restore power to each of our members,” said CEO Steve Rhodes. “Flooding and fallen trees caused around 8,000 of our members to lose power during the peak of the storm, and I’m proud of our company wide efforts to safely restore power. We appreciate the continued support and patience from our members.”

CHELCO projects to have power restored to all members capable of receiving service Friday, with exceptions to flooded and hazardous areas. Most of CHELCO’s Holt substation is out of power due to a Gulf Power transmission line. CHELCO received information indicating that it will be at least Thursday before the transmission line is energized.

For more information, visit CHELCO’s website at CHELCO.com or follow them on Social Media.

CHELCO is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving more than 53,000 accounts in Walton, Okaloosa, Holmes and Santa Rosa counties.

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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (PRESS RELEASE) - Approximately 175 CHELCO personnel, along with contractors, are working to restore outages caused by Hurricane Sally as quickly and safely as possible. As of noon Wednesday, CHELCO has around 7,100 members without service.

If the storm moves as predicted, CHELCO Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations Matthew Avery projects most power should be restored Friday, with potential exceptions for flooded or hazardous areas. CHELCO linemen and restoration crews cannot safely work in a bucket truck with extremely high wind gusts, which is slowing down restoration times Wednesday.

“Our crews are working to restore power quickly and safely, but restoring power with the amount of rainfall and wind we’ve had is a complicated process,” said Engineering Manager Kevin Jones.

On the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Ivan’s landfall in Pensacola, Hurricane Sally made landfall early Wednesday morning in Gulf Shores, Alabama. CHELCO reported its peak morning outages reached approximately 8,100 on Wednesday.

For more information, visit CHELCO’s website at CHELCO.com or follow them on Social Media.

CHELCO is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving more than 53,000 accounts in Walton, Okaloosa, Holmes and Santa Rosa counties.

CHELCO lineman finalizes the restoration of an outage caused by Hurricane Sally. As of noon Wednesday, around 7,100 members were without service.
CHELCO lineman finalizes the restoration of an outage caused by Hurricane Sally. As of noon Wednesday, around 7,100 members were without service.(CHELCO)

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