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all images courtesy of Renee R. Walker, Blue Ridge Energy Director of Public Relations

Following Saturday Outage, Power Restored in Caldwell County

Blue Ridge Energy line technicians worked this weekend to restore power to 6,323 members in northern Caldwell County after a fallen tree tore down a portion of the cooperative’s high voltage, major transmission lines.

Outages began at 10:25 a.m. Saturday (April 6). Power was fully restored by 3:31 a.m. Sunday. Caldwell County communities affected include Elk Creek, Kings Creek, Lenoir, and Patterson, as well as parts of Wilkes County.

The situation was unusually severe as it damaged the cooperative’s higher voltage transmission lines and several poles in a remote location, starting a fire that was addressed early in the process. Access routes also had to be cleared to reach damaged areas with trucks and equipment.