FROM PRESS RELEASE
STATESVILLE, N.C. – EnergyUnited reports that as of 5:30 p.m. ET, approximately 9,400 members of the electric cooperative remain without power. Ten of the 19 counties in its service area have been affected by outages from the latest winter storm. Davidson and Davie Counties are the areas with the most work left to be completed, accounting for over 85 percent of the remaining outages.
“We developed a good plan and were able to make progress today, nearly completing the power restoration work in several counties,” said David Schleicher, EnergyUnited vice president of engineering and operations. “The northern Davidson County area has suffered significant damage, which has resulted in broken poles and downed spans of wire. Those repairs are time consuming, but we still believe we will be able to complete the vast majority of restoration efforts by the end of day Sunday.”
On Saturday, EnergyUnited crews were joined by Sumter Utilities, Service Electric Co. and Asplundh Tree Expert Co. In addition, neighboring electric cooperatives from North and South Carolina traveled to the area to join the restoration efforts. Those cooperatives include Blue Ridge EMC, Fairfield EMC, Horry EMC, Marlboro EMC, Palmetto EMC, Pee Dee EMC and Rutherford EMC. In all, there were 66 crews consisting of over more than 200 men and women working on the EnergyUnited system Saturday.
As larger outages are restored, smaller localized damage and outages may persist. EnergyUnited members are still being asked to call 1-800-EUNITED to report their outages as this will assist the cooperative in pinpointing the outage areas. Members may obtain up-to-the-minute outage information at the storm center on EnergyUnited’s website (https://www.energyunited.com/storm_center2.asp.) Outage information will also be posted on the cooperative’s Facebook and Twitter pages found at https://www.facebook.com/EnergyUnited and https://twitter.com/EnergyUnitedEMC
If you or someone in your household has special needs or relies on electric-powered life support equipment and you are without power, we encourage you to consider alternative arrangements until power can be restored.
EnergyUnited reminds people to STAY AWAY from downed or sparking power lines and report any that you may see to 1-800-522-3793 IMMEDIATELY.
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