PLYMOUTH, NH (January 24, 2023; 12 P.M.) – Working their fourth major storm in five weeks, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) and contract line crews expect to restore power to most NHEC members impacted by yesterday’s storm by 10 p.m. tonight. Some individual outage locations will persist through tomorrow.
Heavy, wet snow brought trees and limbs down on power lines in more than 50 locations on January 23, 90% of which were located in the southeastern New Hampshire towns served by NHEC’s Raymond District operations center.
Tree crews and more than 30 line crews are in the Raymond District today making system repairs and reconnecting impacted members. At the height of the storm, approximately 5,500 NHEC members had lost power.
Crews and support teams will have a brief time to recover before another winter storm is forecast to arrive on Wednesday, January 25. This storm is expected to produce the same heavy, wet snow in the same areas that were most impacted by the January 23 event. NHEC’s resources will remain ready for this next storm event.
“Mother Nature has demanded a lot from our employees and our members over the past several weeks,” said NHEC President/CEO Alyssa Clemsen Roberts. “Multiple, extended power outages are disruptive for our members and exhausting for our staff. That’s why we’re preparing for this next event with a special emphasis on safety. Deep snow can easily hide a downed power line. Instead of venturing out to see what’s going on, call our control center immediately to report wires down. Thank you for being part of our safety culture!”
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