REMC restores power to one-third of system after Ian

ASHEBORO — Randolph Electric Membership Corporation crews worked through Saturday night to restore power to members. By the early hours of Sunday morning, all members in Randolph, Moore, Montgomery, Chatham, and Alamance Counties had received power.

During the Ian storm event, Randolph Electric experienced a total of 268 separate outages, affecting 10,736 meters or 32 percent of REMC’s total accounts served. Ian’s gusty winds, saturating rains and isolated flooding swept through the REMC service area Friday through Saturday. REMC’s system sustained numerous fallen trees, downed lines and broken power poles throughout its system.

Additional line personnel from sister cooperatives Union Power and Edgecombe-Martin County EMC in North Carolina, along with crew members Sumter Utilities in South Carolina, joined REMC line crew and contractors in restoration efforts.

“I am happy to report that as of 5:19 a.m. today [October 2], 100 percent of our members have power,” said Dale Lambert, CEO. “I am proud and appreciative of our line personnel and support team for going the extra mile for our members,” said Dale Lambert, CEO.

“About one-third of our members experienced an outage from this storm. As always, our team worked as safely and efficiently as possible to repair the damage,” continued Lambert.

There are still many trees that were damaged which could fall and cause new outages.  In the coming week, REMC asks members to report any issue they see on their property that could potentially cause an issue.

For more information regarding REMC updates, please follow them on social media, view their online outage map, tune into local news stations, or Call 1-877-REMC-OFF (1-877-736-2633) to report an outage.

By North State Journal Staff

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