As of 9 a.m. Thursday, CHELCO has approximately 1,300 members without power. CHELCO’s crews worked through the night Wednesday and continued Thursday morning to bring power back to members following Hurricane Sally’s devastation.
“We’re making great progress toward restoring power to all of our members,” said Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations Matthew Avery. “We’ll continue to prioritize outages affecting the most members in an effort to restore power to as many people as we can. We’re hopeful power should be restored to all members late tonight, with exceptions to buildings that are not ready for power, or flooded and hazardous areas.”
CHELCO’s members have helped identify and communicate specific issues regarding damage to equipment through calls and messages on social media. CHELCO urges members to notify them of potential safety hazards or causes of outages, which helps to speed up the power restoration process.
“I can’t say enough about the resilience of our members,” said CEO Steve Rhodes. “A storm lasting multiple days is tough on everyone. We’re giving our full effort toward getting each and every member restored quickly and safely, and we appreciate the continued support from our community.”
CHELCO is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving more than 53,000 accounts in Walton, Okaloosa, Holmes and Santa Rosa counties.