Line technicians with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation worked last night restoring power outages across the cooperative's service area. While snow was a factor, it was high winds responsible for trees outside the cooperative's right-of-way falling into and damaging power lines, according to a press release by BREMCO.
The majority of outages were in the western part of Caldwell County where a total of 412 members were affected by the storm. The worse damage occurred when a tree damaged a large section of power lines in the Blowing Rock/Rocky Knob area, affecting 327 members. Trees also fell and damaged power lines in the Mortimer/Edgemont communities, causing outages for 66 members, and 19 members in Elk Creek/Sampson Road area.
In Watauga County, 187 members were affected, primarily in the Buffalo Camp area. Eight members in Deep Gap were affected with another 25 in the Fall Creek community, all from trees down on power lines.
In Ashe County, high winds were also causing trees to fall and 59 members in the Hartzog Ford Road area were affected, along with another 42 members on Big Ivy Road and 10 members on Sheets Gap Road.
Scattered outages were restored across Alleghany County last evening.
As a safety reminder, downed power lines can still be energized and therefore dangerous or even deadly! The cooperative reminds members to stay far away from downed power lines and to report them immediately to Blue Ridge Electric.
If you have an outage report it via PowerLine at 1-800-448-2383. For tips and resources from BREMCO click here