Horton is still in the Dark

By: Stephanie Ramos Email
By: Stephanie Ramos Email

The ice storm has passed but left behind down power lines causing many to go without power and some rural areas may have to wait a bit longer.

There are 1600 customers without power and about 1100 utility poles down in the cooperative. Crews are working non stop to restore power to the towns that have been left in the dark.

Brown- Atchison electric cooperative buys their power from Westar energy. With all the damage that both have seen, the power delivery points in Horton are not working. 50 percent of power has been restored, but they've still got a ways to go.

"At the present time we have 160 lineman from 6 different states working to restore power for a 3200 member cooperative that's a phenomenal amount...we were by virtue of our location and the way that we take our power we were probably the hardest hit cooperative in Kansas," says Rod Gerdes, General manager, Brown-Atchison Electric Cooperative.

The general manager also says he expects the power to be fully restored within a couple of days...but isolated areas should expect to wait about a week. Crews do plan to work through the holidays.

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