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BRUNSWICK ELECTRIC NEARS RESTORATION COMPLETION
SUPPLY, N.C. (Oct. 12, 2016, 2:00 p.m.) – Power is back on for a majority of Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) members affected by the recent hurricane, and the co-op is working diligently to finish restoring electricity to approximately 100 service locations.
Crews continue to use boats to access downed lines and broken poles mostly in the northwestern part of Columbus County in Boardman and other nearby communities. Some locations are completely inaccessible. At one point as many as 56,000 BEMC service locations had lost power in Columbus, Brunswick and parts of Bladen and Robeson counties. A majority of those outages were attributed in part to Duke Energy’s loss of transmission lines that supply BEMC’s distribution system.
“Safely restoring power to every member is our priority, and step by step we’re getting this done as quickly as possible,” said Don Hughes, CEO and General Manager of BEMC. “Our employees, both inside and out in the field, have gone the extra mile this week and have done a fantastic job serving the membership. We know that dealing with the loss of electricity is extremely difficult, so we truly appreciate their understanding. Our members have been so supportive with kind words and praise.”
BEMC recognizes Hurricane Matthew and its damaging floods and debris as its most challenging hurricane in its 77 year history.
“We thank our members for their extreme patience; we know these remaining outages will be a challenge to restore, but our employees won’t stop until we get the job done.”
Storm photos, BEMC’s outage map and safety information are available at www.bemc.org. Follow Brunswick Electric on Facebook for real time updates.
4 RULES IF YOU SEE A DOWNED POWERLINE
1. Never touch downed wires as they may be live and you can't tell if a wire is live or not by looking at it.
2. Never pull tree limbs off lines. And do not attempt to carry out repairs to overhead wires yourself.
3. Stay clear of areas where there is a lot of debris or downed trees; there could be live power lines concealed in the debris.
4. Do not touch chain link or other metallic fences which may be energized if they are touching a downed line.
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BEMC is a locally owned and operated not-for-profit corporation. Founded in 1939, it is the second largest electric cooperative in North Carolina and serves more than 90,000 member locations in Brunswick, Columbus, and parts of Bladen and Robeson counties. BEMC has a longstanding commitment to the communities it serves, providing support for a wide variety of activities that contribute to the quality of life for all citizens.