Power Has Been Restored to 17,000 SEVC Consumer-Members

Thanks to the hard work of lineworkers and vegetation management crews from SVEC, its contractors and mutual aid electric cooperatives, service has been restored to over 17,000 of the co-op’s consumer-members who lost power due to Hurricane Idalia. That number is expected to increase by morning as SVEC’s system thoroughly checks the status of meters and crews work overnight.

“We fully appreciate the hardships that our consumer-members are facing, and even though the job gets more challenging as we get farther into the hardest hit areas of our system, we won’t be discouraged and we will continue to work as safely and quickly as possible to get everyone’s power back on,” says SVEC CEO Mike McWaters.

As of early today, workers had discovered 1,113 broken poles and 354 damaged transformers. Those figures are 14% and 18% higher than the day before, respectively.

Lineworkers from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative reconnect electrical wire to a new pole.

A broken pole and transformer lie tangled in a mix of fallen trees.