Crews busy as ice knocks out power around region

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Submitted: Wed, 02/12/2014 - 3:29am
Updated: Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:27am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just when you thought it was done another round of snow and ice continues to pound southeastern North Carolina

While that ice sticks to area roads and trees, Mother Nature is turning out the lights in some areas.

Earlier today spokesmen from Duke Energy Progress, Four County EMC and Brunswick EMC said they were taking a wait-and-see approach. Now linemen say they’re prepared to work around the clock to get the lights back on.

“We were out doing errands and got home around 4, and I noticed that our garage door wouldn’t open, so we were a little worried, and when we walked inside we noticed that everything was out,” Steve Walker of Wilmington said.

Three-thousand homes in northern Columbus County, about 1,800 near Leland, thousands in New Hanover County and about 2,000 more in Hampstead experienced similar outages to the one Walker described, but the ice was so nice it turned his lights out twice.

“We were watching the limb short out the main power trunk, and it exploded and burned the power line in half, and there’s now a downed power line here on our street on Marlwood,” Walker said.

Despite the outage Walker and his wife were lucky enough to still have heat in their house because it runs off propane, but he says if only they had done their spring cleaning a few weeks earlier many of his neighbors would still be able to enjoy the warmth of their homes.

“We’ve already been talking to a tree service to get them to take the pines out, which we were planning to do in the first part of March,” he said. “If we had done it a week ago, we might not have had this power outage problem with the 4th of July experience on the power line.”

Crews say if you have experienced the lights flickering it could be because a branch fell onto the line and was eventually burned away by the electricity.

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