As of October 17, West Florida Electric has restored power to members’ in portions of Campbellton,
Alford, Wausau, Chipley, Bascom, Altha, Grand Ridge, Sneads and south of Bonifay. One circuit
of the Altha substation was repaired and the substation at Enviva in Cottondale was energized.
Approximately 80 percent of the members served by West Florida Electric in Holmes County
have been restored. The co-op was also able to restore power to around 100 members in
Calhoun County today.
The following figures apply only to members who have not sustained damage directly to their
home’s service entrance and who can safely accept power:
Washington & Holmes Counties: within 10 days - 90% restored & within 14 days - 100%
restored
Jackson County: within 20 days - 50% restored; within 25 days - 75% restored & within 30 days -
100% restored
Calhoun County: 30 plus days before the largest majority of members are restored
In addition, the cooperative now has nearly 1,000 linemen, right-of-way workers and support
personnel helping restore power in our area. In order to accommodate this extra personnel, the
co-op is constructing an additional 300 man, storm recovery staging area in Altha.
The cooperative continues to experience communications challenges. Our outage management
system is still not functioning properly due to the lack of phone service. Members are still
unable to contact the co-op to report outages or any other issues at this time. Follow the co-op
on social media or visit the website for more information. Outside of the media, these are
currently the only ways we have to communicate with our members.
We’d like to remind our members to stay away from downed lines – never touch or drive over
one. Also, when using back-up generators, follow all manufacturer’s safety instructions. Thank
you for your continued prayers and support.