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South River EMC Ready To Respond

South River EMC is ready to respond to power outages in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

The electric cooperative has over 130 additional line and tree personnel traveling from Illinois, Virginia and North Carolina to assist. These extra crews serve as a force multiplier for South River EMC’s regular in-field workforce and contractors.

Safety of our workforce is a top priority. Therefore, South River EMC crews will be in the field to restore service as soon as conditions are safe. Line personnel cannot work out of an elevated bucket when wind speeds reach 35 mph or greater.

“Our area is expected to get tropical-storm force winds and heavy rain this afternoon,” said Catherine O’Dell, VP of Member Services and Public Relations. “This can make for a dangerous situation, which can result in outages. We are so thankful for the assistance of all of the out-of-town emergency personnel who are traveling to assist with our restoration efforts.

“Linemen are the unsung heroes of many disasters. They leap into action and work tirelessly until all power is restored and people’s lives are returned to normal.”

If a household loses power, there are steps they can take that makes restoration easier.

“While the power is out, we ask people to turn off their air conditioners, all appliances and all lights. This will help make the transition easier once electricity is restored,” said O’Dell.  “If people have too many electric items turned on when the power is restored, the circuits can be overloaded causing additional outages.”

Safety of the entire community is paramount. Anyone who encounters a downed power line is warned to stay clear and call 9-1-1.

While we wait for Hurricane Dorian to pass, keep abreast of outages by checking South River EMC’s real-time system map at www.sremc.com  or follow South River EMC on Facebook and Twitter.

Cooperative offices will be manned around the clock until all power is restored. If members have difficulty reaching the electric company, keep trying. The easiest way to report outages, and check the status of restoration, is by registering for outage texting. Members should text SREMCTEXT to 888.338.5530. It takes up to 24 hours for the account to activate.

South River EMC, a local Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is a locally owned not-for-profit electric cooperative providing electric service to over 45,000 homes, farms and businesses in parts of Harnett, Sampson, Cumberland, Johnston and Bladen counties.

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