DEC crews restore power following nature’s windy wrath

GREENWOOD – Delaware Electric Cooperative crews worked overnight restoring power to nearly all homes and businesses impacted by Monday night’s severe storms.

At the height of the storm, nearly 2,000 homes were in the dark. Crews worked all night to restore power.

Clean-up got underway Tuesday morning following Monday night’s severe storm.

As of 9 a.m., Tuesday only three homes remained without power in the co-op’s service territory.

Total restoration was expected by 10 a.m. Tuesday.

DEC officials are also assessing damage to several structures at its headquarters along U.S. 13 in Greenwood.

High winds associated with the storm heavily damaged a building used to house electrical equipment. Two construction trailers were also blown over, as were several trees and a large fence.

Sussex County was under a tornado warning when the storm hit; the National Weather Service was scheduled to be on site Tuesday investigating whether the damage at DEC and across western Sussex County was caused by a tornado or straight-line winds.

Trailers at Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Greenwood headquarters were flipped over during the storm.

“We are thankful no one was injured during the storm and are lucky the winds struck after normal working hours,” said Delaware Electric Cooperative President/CEO Bill Andrew. “The area damaged would have been full of workers during the day. If the storm had hit at 4 p.m. instead of 6:15 p.m., employees could have been injured or killed. We’d also like to thank members for their patience as we worked to restore power. The damage to our property did not impact our restoration efforts.”


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