BURLESON – Relentless rain, sleet and icy conditions produced multiple outages throughout United Cooperative Services western service territory. As of Wednesday evening (Feb. 21), about 7,000 members were without power. Erath County was hardest hit with outages in excess of 5,500.

“We have dedicated every resource and body available to this restoration effort,” said United CEO Cameron Smallwood. “We’ve sent our contract crews out into the field to assist, and crews from neighboring co-ops have committed to join the effort. With that said, the level of damage the ice and storms have done is extensive, and the precipitation has made getting to many problem areas impossible. This restoration effort could take one to two days for some members.”

In the storms, poles have been toppled, leaving many spans of line on the ground. United encourages everyone to stay away from any downed power lines and to call United to report downed lines as soon as possible.

Members can monitor outages from United’s outage dashboard at http://outage.united-cs.com:7576/. A hardhat icon indicates a crew is working to restore power. This can be viewed on a web browser on a smart phone or tablet equipped with internet access.

During a loss of electricity, members of United Cooperative Services should have account numbers handy and call their area office and report the outage:

Stephenville 254-965-3153 Cleburne 817-556-4000 Burleson 817-447-9292 Granbury 817-326-5232 Meridian 254-435-2832 Possum Kingdom 940-779-2985