Power restoration ongoing in Northampton

Published 10:55 am Friday, September 2, 2011

JACKSON — Many Northampton County residents remain without electrical service after Hurricane Irene.

According to the Northampton County Emergency Operations Center, as of 4:20 p.m. on Thursday area electric utilities had restored service in many sections of the county, but approximately 2,200 customers remained without power.

“Dominion North Carolina Power and Roanoke Electric Membership personnel and their contractors continue to work through extensive system damage to restore power to everyone as soon as possible,” a press release from county officals stated.  “Service to approximately 1,000 customers has been restored (Thursday).”

Dominion Power requests customers to contact the company regarding recovery efforts by calling 866-366-4357.

Damage assessment teams from Northampton County began working Tuesday conducting door-to-door visits to document damage to properties in the county.  State and federal damage assessment teams began working in the county on Thursday.  Team members will identify themselves and will carry identification.

If you have any questions related to the work of any damage assessment team in Northampton County, call the Emergency Operations Center at 252-574-0209.

Residents are asked not to place storm debris, particularly tree limbs and other woody debris, in roadway ditches.  Debris in ditches blocks water flow and could cause additional roadway and traffic blockage in the event of rain and will further impede recovery efforts.

Those interested in the services provided by the Northampton County Department of Social Services should contact the department with questions or specific program needs (main number: 252-534-5811).

Those interested in the services provided by the Northampton County Health Department should contact the department regarding program needs and specialized service schedules (Main: 252-534-5841).

“Please be patient when calling either the Department of Social Services and/or the Health Department,” the press released stated. “Both departments are receiving hundreds of calls.”

County officials advise if you are asked to leave a message speak clearly and slowly and provide your full name and a telephone number or numbers where you can be reached.  If you receive a busy signal, call back.  Repeated attempts may be necessary. Department employees are working to respond as soon as possible to each and every request for information and assistance.