All Outages Restored as of 5:30 PM 10/14/18
Asheboro, N.C., October 14, 2018 – Randolph Electric Membership Corporation’s service territory on Thursday, October 11, REMC line technicians and assisting crews were able to restore all storm-related outages by 5:30 p.m. Sunday, October 14. More than half of the cooperative’s total membership — 16,568 members — lost electricity at various times as a result of the storm.
Michael’s heavy winds, combined with rains quickly saturated the ground, weakening trees’ root systems. This combination brought down numerous large trees onto power lines, which snapped poles and crossarms and left many power lines on the ground in some cases. Many outage locations were difficult to access and required special equipment to access.
A total of 200 personnel worked on Randolph EMC’s recovery effort. Ahead of the storm, REMC brought in assistance from Adams, EnerStar, Jo-Carroll and Norris Electric Cooperatives, as well as Prairie Power and Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative, who are all based in Illinois. North Carolina-based Haywood EMC, Pee Dee EMC and Rutherford EMC sent crews to assist after addressing their own needs, and contract crews from Branching Out Tree Service, Lee Electrical Construction, Lewis Tree Service, Pike Electric and Xylem Tree Experts joined the effort, as well.
“Tropical Storm Michael really packed a punch for the short amount it took to roar through our area. REMC personnel replaced a total of 72 broken poles through this storm event,” said Dennis Mabe, REMC’s vice president of engineering and operations. “The average time to replace a broken pole is around four hours, which is a good example of why restoration time was lengthy for some members,” he added.
Dale Lambert, chief executive officer of Randolph EMC, said, “I appreciate each and every employee and contractor who had a part in our restoration efforts, and we all appreciate our members for their understanding and patience.”
“We’re so fortunate to have mutual aid agreements with other co-ops, and the contract crews who assisted us in this effort are top-notch, as well. They all worked safely and cooperatively to make this an extremely efficient storm response and we’re proud to have gotten power back to members in record time,” he added.
Members who receive electricity from Randolph Electric Membership Corp. should report power interruptions by calling 1-877-736-2633. Staff will remain on alert and ready to respond, should additional outages occur.