Mid-day outage report from Blue Ridge Electric

By 11:30 this morning, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative counted 8,542 customers without service in Oconee, Anderson, Pickens, and Greenville counties. Oconee Blue Ridge customers without power numbered 2,860. There were 3,649 outages in Pickens County. The outages include six backbone feeder lines. Three circuits out in Oconee serve parts of the Newry and Westminster areas. Another circuit that serves the […]

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Scam and fraud investigator Justin Ward

The way things are going eventually everyone will be able to claim that he or she was a victim of America’s fast-growing crime—identity fraud. Even the officer in charge of efforts by Oconee Sheriff’s Office to combat those who would steal someone’s personal information. Sgt. Justin Ward himself has been a victim of credit card fraud. But that doesn’t take […]

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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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