When severe weather strikes, it often leaves people in the dark, but crews work to make sure the power is restored as quickly as possible. Each storm impacts an area differently, leaving a new set of challenges for workers.
"They assess the problem and see how many crews we have to bring in. Then we go from there, " says Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative Services Technician Tim Fisher.
The Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative has seven crews of its own, but it can borrow crews from cooperatives in other states. It can also bring in contract crews if needed.
Fisher says when the power goes off, the complaints come in.
"That happens all the time, but like I said, there’s a process to do it. You would like to be able to bring everybody’s up at one time, but you have to follow the right process so everyone stays safe and so everything kind of works in unison, " says Fisher.
Damage from storms can also bring down live wires. If you do notice a downed line, don’t try to mess with it, instead, contact your local power company to prevent any injuries from occurring.