Utility companies continue to battle outages from Hurricane Irma

Sep 12 Written by  STAFF REPORTS

As Laurens County residents continue to assess the damage from the pounding rain and heavy winds brought by Hurricane Irma on Monday, utility companies continue to work to restore power to customers.

Laurens CPW reported hundreds of outages on Monday when several large trees and limbs fell on power lines. CPW crews worked until 5AM on Tuesday morning to restore power to all but a few isolated customers.

Crews from the City of Clinton assisted the CPW crews on Tuesday, helping to restore power for all remaining outages.   

Laurens Electric Cooperative line crews worked throughout the day on Tuesday, bringing the number of outages to less than 100 as of 5:00 p.m.

The remaining outages are “single calls,” meaning each problem resolved in the field equates to an individual or a handful of members getting power back.

That was the case with a span of line in Joanna around 3 p.m. on Tuesday. A large oak tree took out a span, and to compound matters, the line was missing when crews arrived. Linemen had to climb poles with spikes on their boots and string new line to restore power to just six members.

Crews from Lynches River Electric Cooperative assisted with restoration efforts, alongside LEC personnel and contract crews. Co-op crews from North Carolina are expected to arrive on Tuesday night to ensure power is fully restored to all members on Wednesday.

Duke Power continued to report outages as of 9:20pm on Tuesday night. Duke Power’s website says that 523 customers in Laurens County are still without power. 

Last modified on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 21:58