Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Nearly 3,000 members experienced a lengthy outage last night due to vandalism and burglary at Warren RECC's Plano Substation, according to a release from WRECC. At approximately 6:45 pm, Warren RECC began receiving notifications of a widespread outage in the area. As crews arrived, they discovered that the substation fence had been breached and copper wire had been disconnected and stolen.
WRECC also said that crews worked into the night to repair the damage, replace missing equipment, and to restore power to all Warren RECC members in the area. All members were restored by approximately 3 am.
"I would like to thank our employees for their hard work and dedication. Repairing damage to a substation, especially damage at the level we experienced, is difficult and time consuming. I would also like to thank the Warren County Sheriff's Office for their quick response," said Dewayne McDonald, Interim President and CEO of Warren RECC.
WRECC also noted that substations are high voltage areas and should only be entered by fully trained, authorized personnel. Careless activity in a substation can quickly lead to electrocution and death. If you have any information relating to last night's incident, please contact the Warren County Sheriff's Office at 270-842-1633.
To report power outages in Warren County, call 270-843-9710; outside Warren County, call 1-888-604-4321.