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June 12, 2014

SVEC responds to weekend storm

Mayo — This past weekend power companies in the entire North Florida region dealt with several severe storms causing scattered outages caused by heavy winds and rain, according to Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative Community Relations Manager Baynard Ward.

“Unfortunately, SVEC was not immune to the passing storms,” said Ward. 

Just after midnight Friday night, June 6, Ward said high winds and rains caused outages throughout Lafayette and Suwannee counties. 

“On Sunday evening around 6:30 p.m., another storm passed through the southern portions of Suwannee County and Lafayette County,” Ward said. “The compounding nature of these storms, coupled with the fact that both passed through during the night, made restoration conditions less than desirable.”

Most of the outages, he said, were restored relatively quickly, but many were prolonged due to extensive damage caused by large trees, tree limbs, and lightning. 

“SVEC crews worked through the storms for many hours and in dangerous conditions to get power restored,” said Ward. “In these conditions our men have to work in a safe, methodical manner to restore power and I would like to thank our members for being patient and understanding during that process.”

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