Winter Storm: SEC Thanks Members for Their Patience
Article was added on Monday, July 11, 2011
Santee Electric Cooperative reported about 3,000 total power
outages related to the winter storm that moved through Florence,
Clarendon, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties late Sunday night
and Monday. The majority of those outages were in Williamsburg
County, followed by about 800 outages in Georgetown County. Most of
the outages were caused by ice collecting on limbs and trees that
in turn fell across power lines.
As temperatures are not expected to rise very much today, we
expect sporadic outages, also caused by limbs, tonight as well. We
appreciate our member's patience as our crews and extra office
personnel have been working around the clock to ensure the power is
restored as soon as possible.
Please use extreme caution when driving and alert us immediately
if you see downed power lines or have an outage at
Also remember that keeping your home 40 degrees warmer than the
outside air puts quite a demand on heaters, causing them to work
harder and run longer, using more electricity. Cold weather will
mean higher than normal electric bills for consumers because
heating systems, hot water heaters and other electric devices are
being used more.
Local agencies may be able to provide direct assistance with
paying electric bills. In Florence County, Pee Dee Community Action
Agency can be reached at 843-394-7440. In Clarendon County, Wateree
Community Actions, Inc. can be reached at 803-432-3411. In
Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties, the Waccamaw Economic
Opportunity Council, Inc. can be reached at 843-546-6161 or
For ways to save money on your electric bill, visit TogetherWeSave.com.
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