Lightning damage repaired in time for heatwave
Article was added on Monday, July 24, 2017
Santee Electric Cooperative, Inc. would like to formally thank
everyone who helped make sure members in the Georgetown area stayed
cool during this past weekend's heatwave.
When SEC personnel arrived at our substation July 19 to begin
efforts to restore 1,700 members' power, they were met by Palmetto
Paving employees who witnessed the destructive lightning strike.
The sheer force of the lightning strikes was evident by parts of
the thick concrete foundation that had been blown out of the
For the next 12 hours, SEC and local contract crews from Sumter
Utilities worked to get the lights back on. They built a bypass
around the damaged substation, built larger banks of voltage
control regulators there and at a nearby substation and installed
key circuit breakers to protect this and even more infrastructure
"For those of you who have electrical construction knowledge,
you understand what a Herculean effort it was to complete all this
in one night," said Robert G. Ardis, SEC CEO.
This past weekend's heatwave would have been unbearable without
electricity. These brave men worked all night after having already
worked their regular day shift in the extreme heat.
Work didn't stop when power was restore around 6 a.m. July
"We are going to build a bigger and better substation there, but
in the meantime we are upgrading these temporary structures and
monitoring things very closely," Ardis said.
These efforts will also ensure SEC is well prepared for this
winter's load when members rely on electric heat for
"I would like to thank our membership for their patience," Ardis
said. "I'd also like to thank everyone who worked to make these
restoration efforts possible."
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