On March 31 and April 1, South Central Indiana REMC’s territory experienced one of the worst storms our service area has ever endured. Multiple tornados caused extensive damage. “We are dealing with a historic event,” reports SCI REMC President and CEO, James Tanneberger.
SCI REMC recorded over 14,500 members without power in over 500 separate locations. Strong winds damaged a large amount of the cooperative’s equipment including lines, transformers, poles, and fiber. James Tanneberger also comments that, “This is one of the worst events we’ve ever had in our territory.”
We had a tremendous response from the community and surrounding areas. Thirty-six crews, including multiple electric utility cooperatives and contractors, were assisting in restoring power to SCI REMC members. This is at least ten more crews than the cooperative has ever had responding to one event. With their assistance, we were able to restore power to every member by noon on Friday, April 7.
SCI REMC is grateful to everyone who has supported the cooperative with the storm restoration and clean-up efforts. Many members of the community volunteered and supplied team members and crews with food and hand-made cards.