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NAEC thanks helpers from May tornadoes, straight-line winds

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative (NAEC) finished restoring power May 31 to those who could accept service after tornadoes and straight-line winds passed through May 25. Members without power topped 25,000 initially but decreased to 15,000 within hours once outside transmission service was restored to substations in the Salem and Mountain Home districts. 

Storms broke 350 of the co-op's distribution poles and 10 transmission structures. The cooperative principle of “cooperation among cooperatives” was on display as more than 100 line personnel from Arkansas, Louisiana and Missouri electric co-ops responded to NAEC's request for assistance. NAEC also had the help of its existing right-of-way contractors.  

“Our co-op hasn't seen such a devastating weather event since the ice storm of 2009," CEO Mel Coleman said. "I'm proud of the work our employees and those helping us did to get our members back on as quickly and safely as possible. We also thank our members for their patience and understanding.” 

NAEC is working with state and federal officials on disaster assistance. Estimated damages include $4,160,000 in Baxter County, $283,000 in Sharp County and $153,750 in Fulton County. 

Many members shared their appreciation for NAEC employees' restoration efforts via social media, email and cards.  

“Thanks to your great repairmen, we now have electricity again,” Lois Williams said on social media. “NAEC rocks! Stay safe!”

NAEC appreciates the following co-ops for sending line personnel to assist with outage restoration efforts:

  • Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
  • Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative
  • Ashley-Chicot Electric Cooperative
  • C & L Electric Cooperative
  • Farmers Electric Cooperative
  • First Electric Cooperative
  • Osage Valley Electric Cooperative
  • Petit Jean Electric Cooperative
  • Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative
  • South Louisiana Electric Cooperative Association
  • Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative
  • White River Valley Electric Cooperative
  • Woodruff Electric Cooperative

NAEC extends thanks to the people and organizations that helped support outage restoration efforts. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Area volunteer firefighters
  • Arkansas State Police
  • Arkansas Department of Transportation
  • The Back Forty in Mountain Home
  • Baxter County Judge Kevin Litty
  • Baxter County Road Department and Sheriff’s Office
  • Casey’s in Mountain Home
  • Cottonwood Inn in Salem
  • Days Inn in Mountain Home
  • Exxon Gas-N-Go in Salem
  • Fat Boyz Smash House in Mountain Home
  • Fred’s Fish House in Batesville
  • Fulton County Judge Kenneth Crow
  • Fulton County Road Department and Sheriff’s Office
  • Holy Smokes BBQ in Mountain Home
  • Jason Nazarenko of Cotter
  • Jimmy John’s in Mountain Home
  • Lake Norfork Inn in Henderson
  • Letty’s Mexican Restaurant in Gassville
  • Matt Foster Excavation
  • McDonald’s in Ash Flat and Mountain Home
  • Mountain Home Do-nuts
  • Mountain Home Mayor Hillrey Adams
  • Nima’s Pizza & More in Gassville
  • Ole Mill Tavern in Mountain Home
  • Pizza Hut in Ash Flat
  • Riggs Tree Service
  • Road Hawgz BBQ in Ash Flat
  • Salem First Baptist Church
  • Salem Valero Mart
  • Sharp County Judge Mark Counts
  • Sharp County Road Department and Sheriff’s Office
  • Sonic Drive-In in Mountain Home
  • Spring River Lodge in Hardy
  • Subway in Mountain Home and Ash Flat
  • Town & Country Supermarket in Mountain Home and Salem
  • Vincent Excavating

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