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ORS Commends Utility Line Personnel for Restoring Service During Recent Storms

Utility lineman walking down a dirt path looking at a broken pole
Wed, 04/22/2020

In the aftermath of the April 13, 2020 storms across the state, utility line personnel worked tirelessly to ensure power systems were restored – even in the midst of a global pandemic. With the recent National Lineman Appreciation Day, the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) recognizes the dedication and effort of our state’s electrical personnel -- men and women who help keep electricity flowing in South Carolina.

The National Weather Service confirmed 22 tornadoes during last week’s severe weather, which at one point left as many as 290,000 power customers in South Carolina without electricity. The task of restoring power to these customers fell to utility line personnel, who ventured out to repair damage caused by the storms. Statewide, approximately 85% of outages were restored in 24 hours.

Damaged poles or tangled power lines lying between downed trees are among the usual hazards line personnel face after severe weather events, but the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened safety guidelines have added new challenges to the already complicated work of electrical personnel.

April 18, 2020 was celebrated as National Lineman Appreciation Day – a day to honor those who dedicate themselves to the often hazardous work of keeping the lights on. The ORS salutes the women and men who help ensure reliable, essential utility services in South Carolina, especially during such a challenging and uncertain time. 

“South Carolina electrical personnel work hard every single day to keep power flowing, and their efforts do not go unnoticed,” said Nanette Edwards, Executive Director of the ORS.

Thank you for your dedication. Stay safe, and we appreciate all that you do. 

The images below were provided by Dominion Energy South Carolina, New Horizon Electric Cooperative, and Santee Cooper.

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