Clean-Up Begins for REMC After All Florence-Related Outages Restored

Clean-up work began Tuesday for Randolph Electric Membership Corporation, following 100 percent restoration to Florence-related power outages on Monday evening around 8 p.m. Randolph EMC’s local crews and Pike Electric contractors from sister cooperative Piedmont EMC are currently working to clean up any materials or broken poles left in the field, correcting any temporary repairs made during the storm, and replacing poles that served non-essential services, such as barns or personal workshops.

About 45 percent of Randolph EMC members experienced a power outage that resulted from heavy wind and rain caused by Hurricane Florence. REMC crews spent much of their time in areas of Randolph, Moore and Montgomery Counties over the four-day restoration effort, working steadily to remove trees from and repair downed spans of power lines and replace at least 48 broken poles.

Following is a breakdown of the total 14,698 members affected by county:

·        Randolph: 6,353 (38% of members located in this county)

·        Moore: 4,463 (61% of members located in this county)

·        Montgomery: 3,145 (78% of members located in this county)

·        Chatham: 645 (34% of members located in this county)

·        Alamance: 92 (4% of members located in this county)

The cooperative is very appreciative of members' patience as crews worked to restore each outage safely and efficiently. Randolph EMC line personnel remain on standby to respond to any residual outages that might occur. If members experience a power outage, it should be reported to the cooperative's outage hotline at 1-877-736-2633 (1-877-REMC-OFF).