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Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 2:00 pm

Wright County largely escaped the worst of the weekend storm which came through the state.

Ice Storm Jupiter initially made his presence known as he passed through the Intercounty Electric Cooperative territory on Friday. Early in the day, it seemed that Intercounty members might have missed the brunt of the storm with just a few hundred without power. However, several main feeder lines went out as icy limbs fell and additional waves of the icy storm moved in throughout the weekend.

Intercounty Electric reported that to date, 163 separate outages have occurred affecting a total of 10,642 members. While all of these members were not without power at the same time, they did all experience an outage at some point during the weekend. Roughly half of these outages were in Dent County.

Intercounty has worked around-the-clock throughout the weekend to restore power. CEO, Aaron Bradshaw says, “It has certainly been an all-hands-on-deck effort as employees have come together as a team to make sure everyone’s power comes back on.”

Widespread damage was located mostly throughout the central area of Intercounty’s service territory—ranging from as far west as Plato across to Licking and Edgar Springs and all the way to Salem and as far east as the Boss area. However, scattered outages also occurred in the Rolla, St. James and Belle areas.

Many organizations and individuals were available in the co-op’s time of need to assist including their statewide organization AMEC and the many co-ops who offered assistance, as well as the National Weather Service and MoDOT. The co-op thanked those who brought food, shared encouraging words with the co-op, and kept the crews in their prayers.

“We knew we had the best co-op members around, but in times like these, we’re reminded of how fortunate we are to serve such an amazing group of people,” a co-op representative stated.

The office is fully manned to handle all incoming lines. They ask that members continue to call to let them know of their situation and to report anything they see. The toll-free number is 866-621-3679.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience this storm may have had on your family. We appreciate your patience while the necessary repairs were made in order to once again power your home. Finally, we ask that the public continue to give due diligence to any remaining downed and low hanging lines. Please stay clear and assume all lines are energized. Do not attempt to clear anything. Contact IECA at 866-621-3679 to report problems,” the representative said.