Co-op crews move quickly to restore power after brush with Hurricane Dorian
Roanoke Electric Cooperative’s service territory was spared the worst of Hurricane Dorian’s wrath as it swept through the region on Sept. 6, with about 1,100 reported outages.
“We are fortunate that our service area did not have the damages and outages that our southeast neighbors experienced,” said Jimmy Liverman, the co-op’s vice president of operations. “I’d like to send a heartfelt thanks to our crews that served on the front lines and ensured our member-owners had power restored as quickly as possible. Thanks also to Lee Electric for their assistance, and our member-owners for alerting us of outages and being patient during our power restoration efforts. ”
While most of the co-op’s outages were resolved during the morning after the storm hit, restoring power proved more challenging in Gates County, where more than 1,100 member-owners loss power. Those outages were attributed to an electrical power transmission failure at Dominion Energy, the co-op’s power supplier.
Acknowledging that there were frustrations expressed over the extended power disruption, Liverman said the co-op is now addressing this issue with Dominion to avoid such delays in the future.
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