Power restored for most today

by | February 14, 2014 10:12 am

Last Updated: February 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm

The majority of Clarendon County residents should see their power restored today.

As of 10:30 a.m., about 9,000 people were still without power, said Anthony Mack, the county’s Emergency Management Director.

Because of the greatly improved weather, it’s expected utility crews will make significant progress today, he said.

Black River Electric Co-Op CEO Herb Leaird said Friday morning he has “high hopes” that most everybody will get their power back today, or early this evening.

“We have the resources in place,” he said. “Some will be missed, no question, but we made great progress yesterday in Clarendon County. And today is the best day out of the last three or four.”

For Black River customers that don’t get power back today, he thinks by noon Saturday they should be back on line.

On Friday morning, a Duke Energy spokesperson was optimistic most county residents should get power restored today, but it could be Sunday night for some people.

“It’s been one of the harder hit areas,” said Meghan Musgrave. About 3,900 additional personnel have been brought in from the Midwest and Florida.

She urged Duke Energy customers to call 1-800-419-6356 to get more specific information about their location

Mack said about 6,000 Santee Electric customers were without power. Manager of Community Relations Adrel Stone Langley said the company was one of the hardest hit from the storm.

Mack also wants residents to know that damage assessment teams will be out today checking road conditions and working diligently to restore a sense of normalcy.

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