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Hurricane Matthew Update 10.11.2016 6 a.m.

Light At The End of the Tunnel

As we charge into day four of Hurricane Matthew recovery, South River EMC crews will be focusing on bringing the majority of substations online, replacing poles, stringing line and getting members’ power restored. Yesterday nearly 10,000 members’ homes, farms and businesses were reenergized.

Hurricane Matthew Update 10.10.2016 5:30 a.m.

Command And Conquer: The Order of the Day

As we enter day three of Hurricane Matthew recovery, the order of the day is to take command of restoration efforts and to conquer our outage numbers.

“Yesterday we completed our assessment phase,” said CEO Chris Spears. “Today we have a plan that will be to attack the areas where we know we can bring the most members online.”

Hurricane Matthew Update 10.09.2016 5:30 p.m.

Crews Wrap Assessment And Plan Attack

The torrential rain dumped by Hurricane Matthew began to recede in some areas and Sunday’s sky was clear and the temperatures moderate. This created a perfect day for line crews, engineering staff and management of South River EMC to conduct a full-scale valuation of the system, including an aerial overview.

Hurricane Matthew Update 10.9.2016 4:30 a.m.

Comprehensive Assessment Period Begins

As Hurricane Matthew moves away from the coast and a new day begins, South River EMC will spend the best part of Sunday assessing the extent of the damage to its electric system, formulate a plan for restoration and begin the repair process.

“Hurricane Matthew was a much greater adversary than predicted,” said CEO Chris Spears. “Now that we have calmer weather and a lot of daylight, we will be able to get as many bodies on the ground to assess the damage and also conduct an aerial survey.”

Hurricane Matthew Condtions

South River EMC crews will not be in the field until morning. With the number of flooded and washed out roads and the continuing rain we believe this would not be safe. First thing in the morning we will assess the extent of the damage. Hurricane Matthew dealt us quite a blow. We know we have multiple substations with water in them, extensive road damage and badly damaged facilities. Please understand we will get power restored as soon as possible, but it will take time and we appreciate your patience.

Outages Increasing As Conditions Worsen

As Hurricane Matthew continues to hammer North Carolina, South River EMC has been working throughout the day to try to stay ahead of the outages caused by the torrential rain and winds. South River EMC currently had 12,000 members without electric service.

“We have continued to work in the weather to restore our member’ electricity,” said CEO Chris Spears. “However, the rain has caused many roads to become impassable throughout our entire area and the winds have become too strong that we have had to recall all of our crews to ensure their safety.”

Round Up To Help Community Organizations That Help You

The Community Assistance Corporation, or CAC, South River EMC’s not-for-profit foundation awarded $49,685 in Operation Round Up grants during September and competition was tight.

It’s Time To Submit A Bright Ideas Grant

It’s hard to believe that school will be starting shortly, but it will and South River EMC wants to make sure teachers are aware that Bright Ideas grant applications are still available.

The Bright Ideas grant program helps to fund innovative, classroom based ideas for today’s students. If you have a great idea to reach your students in a different way this year, a Bright Ideas grant could help.

South River EMC’s Power Source Volunteers Award Scholarships

The Power Source Volunteers, South River Electric Membership Corporation’s volunteer organization, awarded scholarships this year to six admirable high school seniors.

Samantha Burchett, daughter of Kenneth and Cynthia Burchett of Wade, received a $1,000 scholarship to attend Campbell University to pursue a degree in the pharmaceutical field.

Rounding Up Your Bill Benefits Your Community

Recently, South River EMC’s not-for-profit foundation, the Community Assistance Corporation, or CAC, awarded $42,365.74 through Operation Round Up grants. This distribution cycle CAC supported five emergency services departments, a burgeoning community center and one school, as well as three 4-H programs.

The 4-H programs of Sampson, Harnett and Cumberland counties received money raised through the CAC 4-H Golf Tournament, which was held in May. Each of the youth development organizations received $2,680.98.


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