Crews Working Tonight To Restore Final Members Without Power Due To Thursday’s Ice Storm, Winds

LENOIR, NC – Blue Ridge Energy and visiting line crews continue working tonight, battling downed trees across the service area, to restore power to a remaining 818 members as of 9 pm Friday.

Thursday’s ice storm coupled with overnight winds led to downed trees and limbs, damaging some 250 locations of the cooperative’s electric system causing outages for nearly 12,000 members.

Currently without power as of 9 pm Friday: 498 in Ashe County; 310 in Alleghany County; and 10 in Wilkes County.

Downed power lines also pose a safety danger: the public is warned that downed lines can still be energized and therefore dangerous, even deadly. Blue Ridge Energy advises the public to stay far away from downed lines and report them by calling 1-800-451-5474 or 911 immediately. Only a trained line technician working with the cooperative should go near a downed power line.

The cooperative reminds members to report all outages by calling 1-800-448-2383 or by using the Blue Ridge Energy mobile app. Outage updates are available any time on the cooperative’s live outage map or on the mobile app.

Blue Ridge Energy thanks the line technicians and contract tree crews assisting the cooperative’s line technicians, including: Carter Tree Service, Sumter Utilities, Inc., Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation, EnergyUnited, Union Power Cooperative, Randolph Electric Membership Corporation, and Surry Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation.