Santee responds to Sandy
Article was added on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
S.C. cooperatives respond to Hurricane Sandy with "major
mobilization" of crews
Electric cooperatives from South Carolina have sent 108
employees to states being directly impacted by Hurricane
Sandy. With the historic storm still offshore Monday
afternoon, Hurricane Sandy had already knocked out power to more
than 115,000 people along the Eastern Seaboard.
"This is a major mobilization of personnel on our part," said
Todd Carter, vice-president of loss control and training at The
Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. "In terms of storm
assistance, this is the largest number of workers we've sent
out-of-state in recent memory."
In all, 15 electric cooperatives from South Carolina are sending
assistance to the region, with the slated to help recovery efforts
in Virginia. Crews have departed from Horry Electric Cooperative in
Conway, Laurens Electric Cooperative in Laurens, Marlboro
Electric Cooperative in Bennettsville, Aiken Electric
Cooperative in Aiken, Fairfield Electric Cooperative in Blythewood,
Edisto Electric Cooperative in Bamberg, Lynches River Electric
Cooperative in Pageland, Santee Electric Cooperative in
Kingstree, Coastal Electric Cooperative in Walterboro, Pee Dee
Electric Cooperative in Darlington, Newberry Electric Cooperative
in Newberry and Black River Electric Cooperative in Sumter to
assist six of Virginia's electric cooperatives.
Additionally, Berkeley Electric Cooperative in Moncks Corner
sent a construction crew to New Jersey to assist Sussex Rural
Electric Cooperative. Sent to help Adams Electric Cooperative
in Pennsylvania are personnel from Mid-Carolina Electric
Cooperative in Lexington and Palmetto Electric Cooperative in
"Everyone in our industry realizes a storm of this magnitude can
do extreme harm to our power distribution systems," said Carter.
"Sending this many crews to help restore power is indicative
of how serious we think this will be. Given the size of the storm
and the number of people in its path, there's no question our
counterparts are going to need a great deal of help in the coming
The Edison Electric Institute, a Washington-based group that
represents hundreds of publicly traded utilities, warned that power
failures resulting from this storm may affect more than 10 million
people in the mid-Atlantic and northeast regions, some of whom may
be without electricity for up to seven days.
The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. is the state
association of independent, member-owned electric
cooperatives. More than 1.5 million South Carolinians in all
46 counties use power provided by electric cooperatives.
Together, the co-ops operate the state's largest electric power
system with more than 70,000 miles of power lines across 70 percent
of the state. More information is available at www.ecsc.org.
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