Monthly Outage Summary:
During the month of May (2022), the Cooperative had a total of 174 outages, affecting 1,944 members. The average duration was 780 minutes. May started out busy with a racoon in the Sherman substation on May 8 that caused an outage affecting two phases. That sub needed to be shut down to make repairs. Storms also hit our territory in the middle of May and Memorial Day weekend. This attributed to an increase in outages. MCPA crews continue to be busy with general maintenance which includes upgrading line material, converting services on work plan projects, and changing out older transformers.
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2022 Outage Summary:
January: 43 outages, 1025 members, 50 average minutes.
February: 24 outages, 237 members, 17 average minutes.
March: 37 outages, 55 members, 37 average minutes.
April: 49 outages, 145 members, 59 average minutes.
May: 174 outages, 1,944 members, 780 average minutes.
What’s causing these outages:
Power supply – 1.52 %
Planned – 39.63 %
Equipment – .61 %
Maintenance – 22.56 %
Weather – 22.56 %
Animals – 3.96 %
Public – 5.79 %
Cause Unknown – 3.35 %View the Outage Map
Most outages affect only one or two members. They are frequently caused by small animals, trees in the line, equipment failure, or motor vehicle/machinery accidents. Larger outages affecting hundreds of members at a time are usually caused by transmission outages, storms, equipment failure to substation equipment, or accidents. Restoration time on weekends and evening outages, when line crews are called out from home, usually takes a little longer to get back on than outages when crews are already out working on the project.
To report a power outage or emergency situation, call the McLeod Co-op Power at 1.800.927.5685, anytime 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Check the fuses or breakers in your home or main breaker on the pole, to make sure outage is not caused by equipment or fuse failure on your side of the meter.
- Call your neighbors. Ask if their power is also off and ask if they have reported it yet. Please do not take for granted that the outage has been reported.
- Call McLeod Cooperative Power to report your outage. Please be prepared to give your name, address, location number, and telephone number for the account without power.
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Winter & Summer Precautions
How prepared are you for a storm that might leave you without electricity for an extended period of time? Could your family be self-sufficient if the power was out for a week?
Planning ahead can make the experience much easier. You do not have to complete survival training; just have the critical supplies at your house before the storm, and follow some common-sense guidelines.
Critical supplies to have at home:
- At least one telephone that does not require electricity to operate or recharge.
- Bottled water (at least 3 gallons per person).
- Flashlights and extra batteries.
- Canned food and a manual can opener.
- First aid kit, prescription medications, candles, matches, and a portable radio.
- Consider investing in a generator.
- Listen to weather updates for freezing rain or severe blizzard conditions.