Lights on! West Florida Electric completes power restoration

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Nearly a month after Hurricane Michael tore through the Florida Panhandle, West Florida Electric has announced that power has been restored to all its customers that can still get it.

The cooperative serves around 28,317 meters of territory across Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties, and as of this morning, the company restored 25,945 meters of that total amount.

The remaining 2,372 meters consists of homes that were damaged to the point where additional repairs will be needed before the residents can have power again.

West Florida Electric also warned citizens that old materials were left along roads during repairs for crews to clean up later. While crews will be back to collect the damaged poles, transformers, cross arms and insulators, the company said it may take some time due to the scale of the damage.

As for the co-op’s offices, the Bonifay and Graceville locations are back to normal operations, being open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, the Sneads office sustained damage during the storm that will keep it closed for the time being.

No delinquent fees are to be collected at this time, with the company returning to normal on Jan. 1 to allow customers to recover during the holidays. Payment extensions are being made with customers should they request it.

Should you still need repairs, West Florida Electric stated that you can call their district office or 800-342-7400.

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