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Originally published: 2012-12-27 12:05:57
Last modified: 2012-12-27 12:05:57

Linemen still working to restore power in Blowing Rock

by Staff Reports

Linemen with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation are working today to restore outages mainly caused by large trees outside the rights-of-way falling into power lines.
Heavy rains the past few days have created conditions for softer ground and loose tree roots, with high winds, ice and snow also contributing to bringing down multiple trees across the cooperative's service area.
As of 11:30 a.m. today, linemen are working to repair damage and restore outages in 54 locations affecting 1,046 members in Watauga County primarily in the Blowing Rock community; nine locations affecting 44 members in Ashe County; and one location affecting four members in Caldwell County near the Blowing Rock area. No outages are currently occurring in Alleghany County.
Overnight, linemen repaired a major outage in Watauga County affecting nearly 10,000 members when a tree fell around 11 p.m. on a power line serving primarily the Todd community.  Linemen also restored power to more than 5,500 Ashe County members affected since last night by falling trees. Linemen also restored outages for 90 Alleghany County members also affected by high winds and fallen trees.
Blue Ridge Electric reminds members that the fastest, most efficient way to report outages is by calling the cooperative's PowerLine at 1-800-448-2383. The cooperative also reminds members not to report outages by calling 911. This ties up this emergency response number and may not get outages reported in the Blue Ridge Electric system. Always call a local Blue Ridge Electric office or the PowerLine number to report an outage.
The public is reminded to stay far away from downed power lines, which can be extremely dangerous or even deadly. Report downed lines by calling any Blue Ridge Electric local office.
For a live outage map, visit http://www.BlueRidgeEMC.com, where safety tips and other helpful information can also be found in the "Storm Room." Also check Blue Ridge Electric's Facebook page for updates at http://www.facebook.com/blueridgeemc.