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CCEC Teams Assessing System Damage

Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op has been able to send personnel into the field to take an initial look at the extensive damages from Hurricane Florence, with hopes that the winds will diminish soon so restoration teams can get to work.

With all of its 40,000 services without power, bringing the power back is going be a lengthy process, and the cooperative urges its members to be patient.

“There are broken poles, thousands of limbs in lines and other damages,” said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia. “Some roads are impassable at this point, so that will hamper our efforts as well.”

CCEC will have assistance from sister cooperatives from Tennessee, Alabama and Virginia, as well contract crews from Volt Electric and Temple’s Tree Service. Other cooperatives are on standby to assist as well. Once the crews are given the “all-clear,” they will follow a comprehensive restoration plan.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Transmission towers and lines supply power to one or more substations. These lines seldom fall, but they can be damaged by a hurricane or tornado. Tens of thousands of people could be served by one high-voltage transmission line, so if there is damage here, it gets attention first.
  2. We also check our substations. CCEC has 17 distribution substations from Atlantic in down east Carteret County to Maysville to the west in Jones County. Problems in a distribution substation could be caused by failure in the transmission system supplying the substation or damage inside the substation itself. If the problem can be corrected at the substation level, power may be restored to a large number of people.
  3. Main distribution supply lines are checked next. These supply lines carry electricity away from the substation to a group of consumers, such as a town or housing development. When power is restored at this stage, all consumers served by this supply line could see the lights come on, as long as there is no problem farther down the line.
  4. Next we inspect tap lines, which are the lines that carry power to the utility poles or underground transformers outside houses or other buildings.
  5. Individual services are typically the last lines we work since this impacts the least number of members.
    Restoration progress will be visible on our online outage map at http://outage.carteretcraven.coop.

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