Outage Update: Thursday, October 28, 8:00 a.m.
Power restored to BREC members after tornado
Fredericktown, Missouri – Black River Electric Cooperative and crews from sister cooperatives had restored power to all members by Wednesday evening, after an EF3 tornado tore through Fredericktown Sunday evening leaving 6,500 members without power.
Despite severe damage to BREC headquarters and fleet, BREC Linemen sprang into action restoring power to most members within 24 hours. Assisting in restoration efforts were 46 Linemen from sister cooperatives including: Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, Troy; Crawford Electric Cooperative, Bourbon; Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, West Plains; Intercounty Electric Cooperative, Licking; Ozark Border Electric Cooperative, Poplar Bluff; Pemiscot-Dunklin Electric Cooperative, Hayti; and SEMO Electric Cooperative, Sikeston.
BREC General Manager John Singleton is grateful for the outpouring of support, “The community has been wonderful with offers of food, assistance and encouragement. Our sister cooperatives are the absolute best mutual aid we could ask for.”
BREC would like to thank our members for their patience and support as we experienced a historic event. Now that power has been restored, the process of rebuilding BREC’s headquarters facilities will begin. We ask for continued patience and understanding as we rebuild – stronger - together.
All BREC offices are being staffed; however, the Fredericktown office of Black River Electric Cooperative is closed to walk-in traffic until further notice. BREC Offices in Marble Hill and Ellington are open for business as usual.