Blue Ridge Energy Working to Restore Power

John Henry Miller
August 18, 2021
Thursday, August 19th
August 18, 2021

Blue Ridge Energy Working to Restore Power

Blue Ridge Energy Line Crews Working to Restore Power After Damaging Storm Tropical
Storm Fred Impacts Blue Ridge Energy Service Area

Lenoir, North Carolina – (August 18, 2021 6:30 am) – Battling numerous downed
trees, flooding and debris since Monday evening that continues Tuesday morning, Blue
Ridge Energy line technicians have worked throughout the night to restore power to
cooperative members after remnants of Tropical Storm Fred impacted the area.

Over 9,000 Blue Ridge Energy members had loss of power due to the damaging storm
that brought flooding, down trees and debris and damaged powerlines and poles. As of
6:30 am Tuesday, 713 members in Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany service areas remain
without power as line technicians wait for receding waters and work to clear bridges
and roads of debris and downed trees to reach remaining areas with damage to power
lines and poles.

Watauga and Ashe counties were hardest hit by the storm. In Watauga’s service
area, 5,709 members were impacted due to damage in 51 different locations on the
cooperative’s system, with 329 members still awaiting restoration (5 of those in
Avery County) as of 6:30 am Tuesday. In Ashe District, 2,581 members were impacted
by damage to 42 different locations on the cooperative’s system, with 180 awaiting
restoration this morning (10 of those in Wilkes County).

In other locations: Alleghany District had 16 locations of damage with 271 members
impacted; 204 members are awaiting restoration Tuesday morning. In Caldwell
District, 306 members had power loss due to damage in 15 different locations, with
all power restored by 1:45 am Tuesday.

Members are also advised to stay far away from downed power lines as they can still
be energized and dangerous, even deadly! Members are asked to report downed power
lines and their location by calling any local Blue Ridge Energy district office to
speak to a member services representative.

To report outages: call PowerLine at 1-800-448-2383, use the Blue Ridge Energy
mobile app, text “OUT” to 70216 if signed up for outage texting, or on
“MyAccount” at
Outage updates and other helpful information is available on the cooperative’s
social media sites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  For safety tips and other
information including views of the cooperative’s social media pages, please visit
the website at<>. Outage
status can be viewed at any time on the cooperative’s outage map available on or the mobile app.
Blue Ridge Energy serves some 78,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany,
Wilkes, Avery and Alexander counties.