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CCEC Crews Poised to Begin Restoration Early Saturday

An army of Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op crews, co-op crews from out of state and contractor crews are ready to hit the ground running at daybreak tomorrow to begin clearing damages from Hurricane Florence.

In total, close to 150 line workers from Alabama, Tennessee and Virginia are joining 30 CCEC line workers, field technicians and others. Additional support crews from electric cooperatives and contract crews across the nation are poised to assist if necessary.

Damage assessment on Thursday showed extensive damage to the distribution system that provides power to some 40,000 electric services in Carteret County, Havelock and parts of Jones and Onslow counties.

“The relentless rain and wind from Hurricane Florence made it difficult to simply get out and assess damages,” said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia. “Plus, assessment teams faced roads blocked entirely by fallen trees or flooding.”

Broken transmission and distribution poles, lines tangled in large trees and other damages will take time, even with a large number of line workers in the field. Crews may also be hampered by flooding.

“They have a lot to do, but they are going to work as safely and efficiently as they can,” Galizia said.

Property owners who want to start cleaning up storm debris and making repairs need to be very cautious, too. Power lines may be hidden under fallen trees or sagging. Here are some other precautions:

  • If you see a downed power line, move away from the line and anything that may be touching it. Call the cooperative to make them aware of the hazard.
  • Be careful with ladders, pruning and trimming equipment – anything that could come into contact with a power line.
  • Do not attempt to move a downed power line or anything in contact with the power line by using another object such as a broom or stick. Even materials like wood or cloth, if slightly wet, can conduct electricity and then electrocute you.

Restoration progress will be visible on our online outage map at http://outage.carteretcraven.coop.

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