Three days of storms that brought heavy rain and lightning have left Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) employees and members hoping for a break from Mother Nature.
Power outages began last Friday morning and continued on and off through Sunday with 71 separate outages affecting 1,200 members.
Chad Chaffee, TEC's vice president of system operations, says lightning and trees coming down on the power lines were the main causes of the power outages on Friday and into Saturday. He says by Sunday the ground was becoming saturated and large trees were being uprooted and leaning into power lines.
In some cases TEC workers were faced with roads washed out or barricaded due to flooding.
Flooding was a problem for about 160 members served by the Houston Substation on Sunday. Crews worked to restore power by line switching, however, about 10 members did not have power returned until today (Monday) once the water receded.