News Room

Media Contact:
Communications Department, Southwestern Electric Cooperative
E-mail: joe.richardson@sweci.com 
Phone: (800) 637-8667

  • Why Estimated Times of Restoration Are Hard To Come By Thursday, July 14, 2016
    “During an outage, each member would like to know when their power will be restored so they can plan accordingly,” said Joe Richardson, the co-op’s communications coordinator. “Unfortunately, that’s a difficult question to answer,” he said.
  • Power Restored to 4,000 Members; 700 Remain Without Service Thursday, July 14, 2016
    Southwestern Electric Cooperative linemen and contract crews continue to make progress in restoring power after a strong storm interrupted service to 4,700 members yesterday.
  • Southwestern Recruits Additional Crews to Speed Repairs; 960 Members Without Power Thursday, July 14, 2016
    Southwestern Electric Cooperative continues to recruit outside crews to expedite repair and restoration efforts in the wake of yesterday’s storm. At 11:30 a.m., 960 Southwestern members were without power—down from 4,700 Wednesday afternoon.
  • Southwestern Recruiting Additional Crews To Expedite Restoration and Repairs Thursday, July 14, 2016
    Southwestern Electric Cooperative has enlisted the aid of additional contract crews this morning to expedite repair and restoration efforts in the wake of Wednesday’s storm.
  • Linemen Restore Power to 1,500 Members Overnight; 1,675 Remain Without Power Thursday, July 14, 2016
    Southwestern linemen and contract crews restored power to 1,500 cooperative members overnight. At 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, about 3,175 members were without service. As of 7:30 a.m., 1,675 members remain without power. The outages are spread across six counties.
  • Service Restored to 2,000 Members; 2,750 Still Without Power Thursday, July 14, 2016
    Crews continue to restore power this morning after a strong storm interrupted service to 4,700 Southwestern members Wednesday afternoon. As of 1 a.m. Thursday, crews had restored service to 2,000 members. About 2,750 members remained without power.
  • More than 3,100 Members Remain Without Power Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    Crews continue to work throughout Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s service area this evening to restore power. At 11:30 p.m., 3,175 members remained without service.
  • Crews Restore Power to 1,000 Members Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    Line crews are making significant progress in their efforts to restore electricity this evening. About 3,700 Southwestern Electric members are currently without power, down from 4,700 two hours earlier.
  • More Than 4,700 Members Lose Power During Storm Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    Southwestern Electric line crews are working to restore power throughout the co-op’s service area tonight after a storm swept across Missouri and Illinois, damaging utility poles, bringing down lines, and interrupting service to members in eight counties.
  • Strong Storm Presents Downed-Wire Dangers Wednesday, July 13, 2016
    In the wake of a powerful storm system that swept across Illinois this afternoon, Southwestern Electric Cooperative is cautioning members to avoid sagging or fallen power lines.