Rural Missouri - March 2011 - (Page 4)

C O M M E N T S “Devoted to the rural way of life” March 2011 Volume 63 / Number 3 Jim McCarty, editor Jason Jenkins, managing editor Heather Berry, associate editor Kyle Spradley, field editor Megan Schibi, editorial assistant Mary Davis, production manager Angie Jones-Gerber Dusty Weter Co-op page designers Snowpocalypse More snow than ice keeps outages low for co-ops S nowpocalypse. Stormagedseveral thousand outages for electric don. The Mother of Them co-ops along the east end of Interstate All. These and other less 70. Both Callaway and Cuivre River polite names were all used to electric cooperatives saw power go out describe a monster storm that was briefly as lines began “galloping” in poised to wreak havoc on Missouri the high winds. and surrounding states Feb. 1. White River Valley Electric also Electric cooperatives statewide saw some outages, with one line servbraced for the big weather event in ing around 550 members near Ozark an all-hands-on-deck effort to pregoing out twice. pare for what might have been a Co-ops located in the prairie areas major outage situation. of Missouri saw heavy snow measurBut as the ice turned to snow ing as deep as 2 feet. While snow and the final flakes fell the next day, typically does not affect power lines, most of the state’s electric cooperait does lead to scattered outages from tives reported outages were few and vehicle accidents. And it makes it extremely difficult for repair trucks to quickly repaired. The exception was a line stretchget to the outage site. ing from Branson to just north of At Tri-County Electric in LanSt. Louis where ice as thick as 1/2 caster, Adair County road crews used to 3/4 of an inch fell. Following the a V-plow to lead the co-op’s trucks to ice, strong winds gusting to 40 mph the site of one outage. and bitter arctic cold caused scattered With the help of area farmers with outages and made it difficult for tractors who plowed the way, Co-Mo crews to work. Electric crews were able to stay on the photo courtesy of Black River Electric Cooperative Hardest hit was Black River Electric scenes of outages and get all but 13 Ice clings to this sculpture of a lineman Cooperative based in Fredericktown. accounts on before returning to the outside of Black River Electric Cooperative’s Manager Tom Steska said the storm office at 3:30 a.m. office during the Feb. 1 winter storm. clipped the northern part of the “Most of those outages wouldn’t cooperative’s service area, including have gotten back on Tuesday night Madison, Iron, Reynolds and part of Bollinger counties. without our members’ help,” said Chuck Tuttle, Co-Mo’s “You could probably lay a ruler on the map and everyoperations manager. “They used their tractors to break thing on the north part of our system had a half inch, through snow drifts. Once they did that, we could get our some probably three-quarters of an inch of ice,” says Steska. trucks through and to the outage site. If we slid off, they “The trees were overburdened with ice. Maybe it’s a 40-foot helped pull us out. They hauled our crews around down the tree that is 4 inches around that tips over into our lines. private right of way so our guys could find the problems.” Thanks to all who lent a hand and to those who expePretty soon we have outages.” One of the downed lines that fed the cooperative’s officrienced outages during the storm and showed remarkable es, forcing the employees to work with power provided by a patience throughout the ordeal. generator for several hours. “We got so many compliments,” Steska said. “People Steska said workers were hampered by ice that froze the were calling in thanking us for our labor. I think that is pretty neat. It really cheers you up.” clamps that hold individual home taps to the feeder lines. Normally crews disconnect the taps in order to get the entire line back on, then work one-onone to individual outages. This time they had to work backward, which took more time. Still, Black River had its 3,800 outages back on relatively quickly. “This was a 24-hour bug for us,” Steska said. Elsewhere, the strong winds that followed the storm caused Linemen from White River Valley Electric Cooperative work to repair one of the scattered outages that plagued the system in the wake of the winter storm. Ice, snow, strong winds and arctic temperatures made repairs difficult for the crews. USPS 473-000 ISSN 0164-8578 Copyright 2011, Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. Call for reprint rights. Rural Missouri is published monthly by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. Barry Hart, executive vice president. Individual subscription rate: $9 per year or $21 for three years, taxes and postage included. Group rate for members of participating RECs $3.99, taxes and postage included. Delivery as specified by subscriber. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - March 2011

Rural Missouri - March 2011
Docent of the Walking Cane Dulcimer
Out of the Way Eats
Mail Bag
The No-Dig (And Less Sweat) Gardening Alternative
Grow a Delicious Landscape
A Recycled Craft
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
The Gainesville Gunner
Around Missouri
Top Apps for Rural Missourians

Rural Missouri - March 2011