Carolina Utilities Assess Florence Infrastructure Damage
Pam Radtke Russell & Debra K. Rubin | Engineering News-Record
As flooding spread in the Carolinas one week after Hurricane Florence made landfall in eastern North Carolina, utility crews still pushed to restore power and maintain clean water supply.
Duke Energy said on Sept. 20 that about 49,000 power customers remained without power in the Carolinas, down from about 450,000 in North Carolina alone on Sept. 17, primarily in the hardest hit areas along the coast. It expects full power restoration by late on Sept. 26.
“We do have quite a bit of infrastructure damage resulting in outages. Transmission lines, substations, poles,” says Candice Knezevic, a Duke Energy spokeswoman. “Catastrophic flooding and extensive damage have prevented crews from getting to the hardest-hit areas.”
Most state outages were Duke customers, but about 150,000 ere customers of smaller cooperatives that get their power from Duke. A damaged transmission line that serves at least one of the cooperatives is preventing power from being restored for those customers…(Read the full story)