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Outages tied to logging operation, broken pole

Posted on: 08.10.2018 at 11:37 a.m.

Thursday’s power outage in Hallsboro was caused by a broken pole and equipment, according to Duke Progress Energy.

“It’s not known how, but a pole was broken,” said spokesperson Tammie McGee.

The outage was the second over the past week in Hallsboro. The first outage on Monday was caused by a tree falling on a transmission line in an area where timber harvesting is underway. The tree either fell or was knocked over by a piece of logging equipment, leaving several hundred people in the dark for hours during the hottest part of the day.

The recent heavy rains have played havoc with utility repair crews, McGee said.

“We had rain for seven days in a row,” she said, “and that makes it difficult to get into some of the more remote places where these breaks always seem to occur.”

Utility crews are having a tough time getting repair equipment through areas that have been logged over, McGee said, due to the passage of heavy equipment and the saturated ground.

“We hope there aren’t any more problems in the worst areas,” McGee said. “Outages could be much longer if we have to send crews in on foot. It’s hard to get bucket trucks and machinery into some of those remote swampy areas.”

jeffersonweaver@nrcolumbus.com

 

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