Craighead Electric Cooperative Works to Restore Power After Severe Storm
JONESBORO, Ark. – Craighead Electric Cooperative Corporation (CECC) is actively working to restore power to its members following a severe storm that swept through the region on Sunday. In the past twenty-four hours, significant progress has been made in the restoration efforts.
According to CECC, approximately 4,700 members have had their electricity restored in the service territory. The cooperative has been focusing on repairing 117 poles and 75 cross-arms that were damaged during the storm.
CECC has collaborated with Arkansas Electric Cooperative Inc., Mississippi County Electric Cooperative, and SEC crews to complete the necessary repairs to the transmission infrastructure. The current priority is to repair the distribution network and restore power to all affected members.
Qualified personnel will continue their work throughout the night and will resume operations at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday. CECC warns that some outages may persist into Tuesday and advises its members to be prepared for potential extended outages.
Jeremiah Sloan, CEO of CECC, expressed satisfaction with the progress made so far. Rebuilding the infrastructure after such extensive damage requires time and effort. Sloan acknowledged the hard work of the CECC team and the assistance received from other utility providers in Arkansas.
Craighead Electric Cooperative serves approximately 31,000 meters in eight counties in Northeast Arkansas. The cooperative, incorporated in 1937, operates offices in Jonesboro, Walnut Ridge, and Paragould. CECC has a total of 108 employees, while its wholly owned subsidiary, empower, provides internet services to over 14,000 subscribers.