Summer is here, school is out and families are gearing up for a few months of fun
and relaxation. While summer brings much fun in the sun, it can also bring the occasional
severe storm. In the event of a power outage, you can trust that Brown-Atchison Electric
is ready to respond.
The major cause of most power outages comes from damage to power lines due to falling
trees and branches. We work year round—through right-of-way clearing—to ensure power
lines in our service territory stand little risk of being damaged by trees, branches
or other types of vegetation.
Despite our best efforts, major storms can damage substations and power lines. When
this happens, our first priority is to safely restore power to as many members as
possible in the shortest amount of time.
We start by mobilizing our line crews and other critical staff. Every phone line
available is used to take your outage report calls. The big problems are handled
first— these problems must be corrected before we can focus on other areas where
more localized damage may have occurred.
Depending on the situation and the number of calls, line crews will inspect substations
to determine if the problem starts there or if there could be an issue down the line.
If the root of the problem is not at the substation, our linemen will then check
the service lines that deliver power. Once the lines have been inspected and repaired,
power can then be restored to our members. If you continue to experience an outage
after your neighbors power has been restored, there may be damage to a line outside
of your home or business. Make sure you notify Brown-Atchison Electric so crews
can make necessary repairs.
We will do our best to avoid power outages, but sometimes Mother Nature has other