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Aiken Electric Co-Op Issues Statement on Widespread Outages

web posted February 13, 2014

COUNTY Aiken Electric Co-Op has issued a statement on power outages and warns that due to the damage caused by the ice storm it could be days before all power is restored. A copy of the statement is below.

Continued extreme weather conditions are still a challenge for our linemen and assisting crews.

Thousands of downed trees have caused more than 29,000 outages and hazardous road conditions. With 1/2 accumulation of ice on power lines and tree limbs adding as much as 500 pounds of extra weight, conditions continue to be extremely dangerous. In some areas, there is 3/4" on the limbs and power lines. Please be aware that trees and lines continue to fall and cause system outages.  It is also imperative that you do not go outside unless you have proper protection.  Under no circumstances should you approach a downed line as it could still be energized and cause fatal damage.

Conditions from the ice storm continue to worsen. Thousands of downed trees have caused widespread outages and hazardous road conditions. Currently, Aiken Electric Cooperative has more than 29,000 outages. Similar to the state of emergency ten years ago, this type of damage could potentially take several days for repairs to be completed.

Crews and office personnel have been working throughout the night, but continued precipitation caused trees to fall on cleared lines. We acknowledge this is a very difficult situation for our members and encourage all to take shelter with family and friends until crews can repair the system.  Assistance is being provided from other co-ops in-state and out-of-state as well. 

Please continue to keep our crews in your thoughts as they work tirelessly to get the lights back on.  Thank you for your continued patience.

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