Seneca pro-active moves helped

The director of Seneca Public Works, Mark Krabbe, says work by his crews in advance of the storm made the conditions of the city roads and streets the best they could be considering the elements. But he urges drivers to watch for shaded areas where there likely won’t be melting any time soon. And, yes, the re-freeze of wet spots […]

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The impact to Oconee business and commerce

Today’s shutdown has a negative effect on Oconee County business and its bottom line. Without electric power, businesses cannot operate. And Jillian Lusk, executive director of the Oconee Chamber of Commerce at Seneca, says even some businesses that have power can’t run—if they can’t get their employees to work. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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10,000 customer outages

Scott Krein, director of Oconee Emergency Services, says 10,000 power outages are plaguing Oconee County, including 2,500 in the Walhalla area.  The Walhalla area outages have darkened the county’s Pine Street administrative complex, meaning county offices will not open at all today and tonight’s meeting of Oconee County Council has been called off. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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UPDATE from the DOT

Because freezing temperatures are anticipated this morning, the South Carolina DOT advises against travel in the northwest part of the state unless necessary and then only under extreme caution. Temperatures are between 29 and 32 degrees. Oconee and Pickens are improving, but all counties report roads partially covered in ice and icy slush. Anti-icing and de-icing operations continue. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Power outages

By 6:50 this morning, more than 8,400 power outages existed within the multi-county service area of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.  More than 3,500 of them were in Oconee County.  The outages include backbone feeder lines—one in Oconee and two in Pickens County.  More than 200 linemen are on the job and another 10 crews from a downstate cooperative are […]

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Other trees down include…

Besides 183/Walhalla-Westminster Highway, at the edge of the Walhalla city limit, other downed trees have been reported on Hefner Road, Nectarine Circle, Lake Jemiki Road, and North Katherine Street, among other spots in the Walhalla area. In the Seneca area, you may find trees down on N. Fair Play Street, Houston Rice Road, and the vicinity of Lowe’s. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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For the most part, “clear sailing”

Primary roads and some secondaries between Seneca and Walhalla are in fairly good shape for traffic this morning. If you have to be out, however, take it slow and watch for problem spots—such as an accumulation on 28 northbound at the Poplar Spring Road bridge. The 28 bridge over 11 is also covered, and motorists should be careful. Another problem […]

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