CCEC Crews Ready to Respond Once Conditions allow
Hurricane Florence dealt a heavy blow to Carteret-Craven Electric Co-op’s system, with all of its 40,000 services without power.
The co-op urges its members to be prepared for the possibility of prolonged outages that could last for several days.
“When we have a storm like this, people may have unrealistic expectations based on what they see in their neighborhoods,” said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia. “We have a comprehensive storm restoration plan that we will follow once conditions allow.”
A team from Tennessee arrived at CCEC last night, and another 60 lineworkers from co-ops in Virginia and Alabama are staged to the west and expected to arrive soon. Nonetheless, the cooperative will not begin any work until the storm moves on and winds subside.
“They are prepared, they have the equipment they need, and they are eager to begin work,” Galizia said. “However, we are not going to send any of them into harm’s way.”
Everyone is encouraged to stay far away from downed or sagging power lines, as well as anything that downed lines are touching. Always assume that a powerline is energized and very dangerous.
Portable generators should not be operated indoors, in garages or basements, or near windows, vents or doors. Your generator should be kept well away from your home or business. The exhaust from a generator can build up carbon monoxide (CO) – a colorless, odorless toxic gas – that can cause severe illness or even death.
“Safety is paramount, for our field crews and for our co-op members,” Galizia said. “We can’t stress that enough.”
Once restoration begins, progress will be visible on our online outage map at http://outage.carteretcraven.coop. The co-op will continue to provide updates on its website, on facebook, on Twitter (@CarteretCraven) and through local media.