There are many causes of power outages- wind, ice and snow, transmission lines, lightning, construction damage to underground lines, traffic accidents affecting power poles, equipment failure and more. Please remember to never go near a downed power line, contact Holmes-Wayne Electric immediately if you discover a downed power line.
The storm might be over, but the work of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative in restoring service is just beginning. It's a big job that involves a lot more than just throwing a switch or pulling a tree limb off a line. Holmes-Wayne's main goal is to restore power safely to the greatest number of members in the shortest time possible.
Major storms or other natural disasters sometimes cause major outages - affecting a large number of customers over an extended period of time. In general, Holmes-Wayne defines a "major outage" as one that lasts more than 24-hours and requires the extra assistance of utility crews from outside the local area.
Please remember that not all outages are repairable by Holmes-Wayne staff. If the problem involves the transmission lines which bring power to a Holmes-Wayne substations, Holmes-Wayne has to depend on them to make their repairs.
Attached is a map explaining how our restoration process works.
Steps to Restore Power Map
Steps to Restore Power Presentation
Here are several storm-related facts and tips to assist you during a power outage situation:
What to do during a Power Outage?