Power restoration is complete for members of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation after linemen worked throughout the weekend to repair weather-related damage to the electric system that caused nearly 2,000 outages.
Heavy snow on power lines and high winds caused scattered outages across the High Country beginning at 8:07 a.m. Saturday, with final restoration at 12:04 p.m. Sunday.
In Watauga County, 446 members were affected Saturday and another 565 members affected Sunday. The majority of outages occurred in the Peoria, Silverstone, and Cove Creek areas as well as the Valle Crucis, Hound Ears, Dutch Creek communities.
In Ashe County, 457 members were affected Saturday while eight were impacted Sunday. Outages occurred primarily in the Creston and Flatwoods areas near the Tennessee and Virginia state lines. Outages also occurred in the West Jefferson, Mount Jefferson Road, and Carson Woods Road areas.
In Alleghany County, 347 members experienced outages Saturday, with another113 members affected Sunday. These occurred primarily in the Laurel Springs, Fender Mountain, and Mountain View communities.
In Caldwell County, 38 members were affected by weather-related outages on Saturday in the Dudley Shoals and Brown Mountain Beach areas.
Anytime members experience an outage, please report it immediately by calling the cooperative’s PowerLine: 1-800-448-2383. Staff is always at the cooperative monitoring the system and ready to dispatch linemen to respond to outages, as well as other employees as needed.
For outage preparation and safety tips, visit the News tab of www.BlueRidgeEMC.com. An on online outage map, along with estimated restoral times for outages, is also available at BlueRidgeEMC.com. Information is also available on the cooperative’s social media sites at www.facebook.com/blueridgeemc and www.twitter.com/blueridgeemc.
Blue Ridge Electric serves some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Avery and Alexander counties.