Power Restoration Progresses

Crews from Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC), Musgrove Construction and Bryant Tree Service worked today to assess damage, replace broken poles and clear trees from power lines. Power to some consumers has been restored.

County Consumers Out Initially Consumers
Out Now
Columbia 70 42 40.0%
Hamilton 3,554 2,665 25.0%
Lafayette 3,129 3,124 0.2%
Suwannee 15,732 12,991 17.4%
Total 22,485 18,822 16.3%

“It’s too early to provide a meaningful estimate of when everyone’s power will be restored, but we’re making progress,” said SVEC, CEO Michael McWaters. “Everything we accomplished today was due to hard work, planning and investment in technology.”

Duke Energy and FP&L have repaired two transmission lines that feed SVEC substations, but four are still out.

For safety reasons, SVEC reminds everyone to stay away from downed power lines and do not attempt to remove vegetation from power lines.

More information about SVEC’s response to Hurricane Irma can be found on Facebook and Twitter.