Electrical power repairs underway

Published 8:48 am Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Electric companies that serve Bertie County have numerous crews working to get their customers back on line after Saturday’s deadly tornadoes.

On Monday, Marshall Cherry, Roanoke Electric Cooperative Vice President of Member Services and Marketing reported many of their customers had their electricity restored on Sunday. REC serves many around the Perrytown area.

“At the height of the storm we had 1,800 (Roanoke Electric) members without electricity,” he said. “All of our active accounts without power have been restored.”

Meanwhile, Dominion NC Power has deployed numerous crews who are working to get power restored to their customers. Spokesperson Daisy Pridgen said, as of Monday, 640 customers in the Ahoskie district, which includes the Askewville, Trap and Colerain areas, are without power.

“We estimate the majority of our customers will be back on line by approximately 10 p.m. (Monday),” she said.

Pridgen noted the damage in the area was severe and there was a report of 100 broken utility poles.

Cherry said REC representatives spoke to Bertie County officials Monday to pledged their support in assisting with clean up.

“We’ll have a crew available tomorrow for the clean up effort,” he said “We want to bring people together and help them get on with their lives.”