Pulling together after the flood
Article was added on Tuesday, November 10, 2015
THE GREAT FLOOD OF
2015 caused more
than 8,000 members of Santee Electric Cooperative to lose power
during the early October storm. We've seen storms cause more
outages, but the devastation from this flood was unlike anything
we've ever encountered.
Outages on SEC's system peaked Monday, Oct.5, after Mother Nature
aimed a veritable firehose of heavy rain on the Palmetto State.
Co-op crews worked steadily to restore electricity however, rising
rivers in some areas caused individual homes to be disconnected
because of flooding. We were forced to de-energize our Andrews
substation Wednesday, Oct. 7 and had to reroute electricity to
members near Big Dam, Piney Forrest, Powell Loop, Oak Ridge and the
Service to some
members' homes could not be safely restored until flood-damaged
electrical equipment belonging to the consumer could be inspected
and/or repaired by licensed electricians, to ensure safe operation.
We understood how frustrating this was to the affected members but
we must always put safety first, for the sake of the public and of
The co-op spirit
We heard that some local electricians donated their services to
help these members. That's the cooperative spirit at its finest. We
salute these electricians.
Our Operation Round Up program, as always, is available to help
members. If you, or someone you know, needs assistance, stop by one
of our offices for an application.
If you'd like to help neighbors in need, please sign up to
contribute to Operation Round Up if you are not already doing so.
The average member contributes only $6 a year by agreeing to let
SEC round their bill up to the next dollar. Your tax-deductible
donation will stay right here in Santee's service area.
Coming back stronger
The flood delivered quite a blow to parts of our area. The power
of floodwaters is something, I'm sure, few of us will underestimate
again. I heard grown men, people who have bravely worked in snow,
ice and the treacherous conditions following tornadoes and
hurricanes, say that the flood struck real fear in their hearts.
But our hearts and souls - like our cooperative -- are resilient
and, God willing, we'll rebound stronger than ever.
Meanwhile, let's all
share what the flood showed us is our greatest gift - time and love
-with our families and friends in the coming holidays. Happy
Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all SEC
Robert G. Ardis III
Chief Executive Officer
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