SRE crews close to wrapping up restoration work

SRE crews close to wrapping up restoration work

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Singing River Electric Cooperative crews were already starting to wrap up their restoration work within 48 hours after Hurricane Nate blew through.

"They did real good. We're very fortunate," said Singing River customer Harold Carney.

It had been a busy and steady process for linemen and power crews to get the 33,000 damaged meters back up and running since the storm. Carney was one of the majority of customers restored in the first 36 hours.

"They got it going. He went up that truck out there and said, 'You're going to have your power back here in a few minutes,' and I said, 'Yeah right.' And it was just a few minutes," said Carney.

The operation has been a flow of successes, according to Lorri Freeman, with Singing River Electric. She said that's because there's been a lot of help offered to the company.

Eight Mississippi electric cooperatives and six contracting companies have joined the Singing River fleet for the work.

"We have about 113 linemen, and it takes up to about 450, and it allows us to get the power up much quicker," said Freeman.

This allowed Singing River Electric to bring power back to a vast majority of its customers within the first 24 hours after Hurricane Nate rolled through.

But, Freeman says, that work could slow down just because of logistics.

"When we get down to this part, it takes a little more time. It's not putting on larger groups and areas. It's one or two members at a time," said Freeman.

As of Monday afternoon, the number of Singing River Electric customers without power was in the hundreds.

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