Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative Assessing Damage after Hurricane Idalia

SVEC) is experiencing widespread power outages due to Hurricane Idalia.


County Total Consumers Consumers Out % Out
Columbia 2,121 2,100 99.0%
Hamilton 4,147 4,100 98.2%
Lafayette 3,544 3,300 93.1%
Suwannee 18,697 18,700 100.0%
Total 28,509 28,200 98.9%

“We don’t know the full extent of the damage done to our system,” says SVEC, CEO Michael McWaters, “but crews are already in the field assessing the situation.”

For everyone’s safety, PLEASE stay away from downed power lines and do not attempt to remove branches or other vegetation from downed power lines.

SVEC’s procedure is to restore service to the most people in the least amount of time. If needed, substations are repaired first, followed by distribution lines that feed large groups of people such as entire neighborhoods. Smaller tap lines and individual service lines are then repaired to restore power to members who may still be without electricity.

Stay up to date on the status of the co-op's restoration efforts by visiting SVEC’s Storm Updates page and by following our social media channels: and