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January 31, 2013

Stanly County electricity back on following Wednesday storm

Thursday, January 31, 2013 — Heavy winds and rains moving throughout Stanly County knocked out electricity to many homes in Albemarle shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday and other outages were reported in the western end of the county.

As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, Union Power Cooperative crews were working to restore power to 1,000 members in Union, Stanly, Cabarrus and Rowan counties because of storms, with about 850 of those being in Stanly at the peak.

“Strong winds and heavy rain have contributed to these outages, as well as downed trees,” said Carrie Cameron, manager of communications, Union Power Cooperative, which serves the western end of Stanly County and has an office in Oakboro.

By 3 a.m. all power had been restored to their Stanly customers, Cameron said. The outages were created by broken poles and downed trees on poles, she said.

By 7 a.m. all the officers who had worked the night shift were already home, according to Albemarle Police Capt. Robert Lefler.

“It took power crews about five to six hours to get power back on. It was situated north of the city. From what I heard, from the [North-East] Connector north to the end of the lines and then over behind the hospital,” Lefler said of the power outtages.

The number of total outages within the county was unavailable as of press time.

In an email response to Judy Redwine, assistant director of public utilities, obtained by The Stanly News & Press, Electric Distribution Superintendent Charles K. Burris said the storm’s strong winds created many outages throughout the city’s system.

“The largest occurred when a tree fell across the primary conductors on Park Ridge Road, causing Lee-Lynn breaker No. 3 to trip and lock out. The breaker opened at 8:50 p.m. and after repairs were made, it was closed at 10:18 p.m., restoring power to approximately 1,800 customers,” Burris said.

“Three bucket crews worked most of the night restoring the scattered outages and the on-call personnel are still out this morning.”

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