Wiregrass Electric Coop. investigates cause of large power outage, effected over 7,000

Power outage effects thousands of Wiregrass Electric Coop. customers
Published: May. 26, 2023 at 9:12 PM CDT
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UPDATE 10:01 P.M.: WEC made a statement in regards to the outages:

“As of 9:30 PM, the Limestone substation is the only substation currently affected. We are still troubleshooting the problem and will continue to do so until all outages are restored.

A transmission line is the cause of the outages that recently occurred. We are working with PowerSouth to troubleshoot the problem.

WEC, along with PowerSouth, has done some isolating and switching to restore as many outages as possible while we work to find the exact problem with the transmission line.”

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UPDATE 9:35 P.M.: Brad Kimbro informed News4 that all substations are back on except for one, (Limestone Substation).

It provides power from 232 South to the Industry Park and some of the Rehobeth area, Madrid and other parts East of 231.

“We and PowerSouth engineers are isolating and switching what we can. We are still patrolling to find what has caused the fault in the PSE transmission line,” stated Kimbro.

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) - A large scattered power outage taking place around 8:30 P.M. has effected thousands across the Wiregrass.

According to Wiregrass Electric Coop’s outage map., over 7,500 members are out of power across Geneva and Houston Counties.

Chief Operating Officer of Wiregrass Electric Coop. Brad Kimbro released a statement regarding the outage:

“PowerSouth transmission is having an issue at this time. We are working with them to get everything restored as soon as possible. We have several substations that are effected by this outage.”

Brad Kimbro, Chief Operating Officer of Wiregrass Electric Coop.

News4 spoke with Kimbro on the issue at hand. Kimbro said that Wiregrass Electric’s guys are headed to the effected substations to investigate the cause. They are on their way from Chipley, Florida. Kimbro stated that it could be anything from mechanical to a tree falling.

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