Power still out due to flooded access points and damaged equipment


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two weeks after Hurricane Florence battered the Carolina coast, many home and business owners are without power because electric linemen can’t access areas that remain underwater and damaged equipment.

As of Friday morning, Duke Energy reported about 2,000 customers across coastal North Carolina were still without power.

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These homes and businesses cannot be re-energized because most of them have damaged meter boxes that have been pulled away from homes, damaged wiring to the home and business, and other issues.

A Duke Energy spokeswoman said power can’t be restored to those homes until the damage is fixed by the homeowners and inspected by county inspectors. Once that’s done, Duke Energy can send in their crews to the location and re-energize the power lines to those homes and businesses.

Four County Electric Membership Corporation reports a number of problem areas hampering their ability to access areas across Pender and Bladen Counties including Rocky Point, Hwy 53 to Maple Hill, Canetuck, Cross Creek, Shaw Highway, White Stocking Road, Crooms Bridge Road, Currie, Ivanhoe and Kelly

In Duplin County, the Northeast Community, River Landing and Chinquapin areas have posed challenges for electric linemen.

“Homes that have flooded will require an inspection from the member’s County Inspection Department,” said Four County EMC Spokeswoman Gay Johnson. “We can only reconnect the service after the inspections department passes the home for electrical service.”

Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation says power has been restored to all its customers. At the height of the storm, 82,911 meters were impacted and without power. The utility was able to restore power to all of its customers by Wednesday, Sept. 26.