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Safety note: If you have a live wire down on your property NEVER APPROACH IT. Call us immediately and press zero to talk to a person. If it on fire dial 911 and then report it to FreeState. Always assume a wire is live. For your safety stay clear of downed wires, power poles, or other electric equipment.
January 16, 2020
A winter weather advisory is in effect from midnight Thursday, January 16 to noon on Friday, January 17. Please be weather aware and prepared. This storm system could also cause power outages that could be lengthy. The FreeState service territory is predicted to see light to moderate snow coming from the south that transitions to freezing rain/sleet around sunrise. There is a chance for multiple inches of snow on top of a glaze of ice making travel hazardous. A variation in temperatures make this a difficult storm to predict, so please be prepared.
January 10, 2020
A strong storm system will approach the region late tonight into Friday with rainfall overspreading much of northeast Kansas. Transitioning precipitation to a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet. All precipitation is expected to transition to snow by sunrise Saturday morning, with periods of moderate to heavy snow continuing through Saturday afternoon. Please be weather aware and prepared. This storm system could also cause power outages that could be lengthy.
UPDATE 4:34 a.m. 1/11/2020
The outage count is down to 24. The current outage is west of Lawrence in the Stull area. A crew is there working now.
UPDATE 12:34 a.m. 1/11/2020
The transmission line from Jeffery Energy Center is still being repaired by Evergy. Unfortunately, until we get that transmission line on from the power supplier we are in a holding pattern. Our current outage count is down to 991 with a majority of those being in the area served by this transmission line. If we get an update, we'll provide it.
UPDATE 10:30 p.m. 1/10/2020
The transmission line from Jeffery Energy Center is being repaired by Evergy. Unfortunately, until we get that transmission line on from the power supplier we are in a holding pattern. We do have a crew there waiting to get the substations back on once the transmission line comes back. We know it's been a long time, and we understand it's not ideal. We are just trying to be patient and work with Evergy to assist them in any way we can in getting their transmission line back up. Unfortunately, we don't have a timeframe for restoration. If we get information from Evergy we will pass that along. We do know they are working on it. We also have crews working on other outages across the territory. Thank you for your patience.
UPDATE 8:23 p.m. 1/10/2020
We are still working on getting information, but what we know now is that Evergy has lost a transmission line from Jeffery Energy Center. That line feeds two FreeState substations. FreeState crews are working with Evergy crews to find the problem now. We also have a larger outage from the Rock Creek metering point. We also are working on smaller isolated outages in other parts of the territory. Thanks for your patience. We're working to get everything restored!
UPDATE 7:01 p.m. 1/10/2020
We don't have a lot of new information to report. The outage count is at 403 at this time, and are all in the northern part of our service territory. Here's a quick rundown of where we are at the moment. North of Silver Lake and Delia are areas where crews are working and waiting for Evergy to make repairs to poles that were damaged. We have outages near Lake Perry in the Rock Creek and Lakewood Hills area. We have a crew working near Mayetta, and another crew working around Nortonville. There are a few outages in Leavenworth County, and the newest outages are coming in from the Carbondale area. As you can see these are very spread out and we are sending crews out to get power restored. We do have crews working, and they will continue to work. We thank everyone for their patience. We're working on it!
UPDATE 5:15 p.m. 1/10/2020
Outage Damaged power poles are to blame for the outages north of Silver Lake and in the Delia area. Evergy is making some switches at the substation to allow us to restore power briefly, and then power will likely go back out while the switches go back to the original place. This is done so members can have power while crews make important infrastructure repairs. This is out of our control, but we appreciate Evergy working with us to get our substations powered back up while repairs are made. We'll keep you updated as the evening goes on. Thanks for your patience. We know this isn't an ideal situation.
UPDATE 4:42 p.m. 1/10/2020
Outage count down to 396. These are scattered across the territory. Keep in mind weather conditions may delay our crews from reaching you quickly. Please be patient and we'll work to get you restored.
UPDATE 4:16 p.m. 1/10/2020 Not what we wanted, but it was somewhat expected knowing how conditions are deteriorating out there (especially to the north). We are working with our partners at Evergy to get folks back on north of Silver Lake and the Delia area. We have folks out in the Mayetta area and the Nortonville area. We also have members without power Leavenworth Co. (Springdale area). We have multiple crews dispatched out and they are all addressing different areas. We'll keep you posted as long as we can get updates. The outage count is 1337 at this time. Thanks for your patience, it isn't fun out there. Please be safe and use caution if you must get out.
UPDATE 3:06 p.m. 1/10/2020
The outage count is at 215 without power with the newest reports coming from the K Substation area north of Silver Lake. Crews are reporting our territory furthest north has ice starting to accumulate on elevated surfaces and roads are getting a bit slick. Please use extreme caution as you head home for the weekend. We'll keep working to get the power restored!
UPDATE: 12:50 p.m. 1/10/2020
Forecasts have been adjusted for this area. Please be prepared for power outages tonight and into tomorrow. We do what we can to keep the power on, but some things are out of our control. We have crews that are ready to head out if needed and will work until power is restored. Remember that dressing in layers, extra blankets, and shutting off rooms you do not use are ways to help stay warm without power. If you have medical needs that require electricity, please have a backup plan in place now. Please be safe and be weather aware!