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October 30, 2020
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October 30, 2020

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Local News: Power Outages & Flooding

Flooding that occurred at the Lenoir substation resulting from
yesterday's rain OUTAGE UPDATE: All Power Restored For Immediate Release
Contact: Renee R. Whitener, Director of Public Relations, Blue Ridge Energy, (828)
759-8913 or rwhitener@blueridgeenergy.com<mailto:rwhitener@blueridgeenergy.com>; or
cell: 828-757-6771 Lenoir, North Carolina (Outage Update – October 30, 2020) –
As of 12:47 a.m., all power had been restored to Blue Ridge Energy members who
experienced outages resulting from tropical storm Zeta.
The storm caused damage leading to power loss primarily in Caldwell County where
3,389 members were affected by damage in 33 different areas across the county. Crews
are still working to restore power to 38 members.

In Ashe County, 495 members were impacted by damage in 20 different locations in
Baldwin, Smethport, Shatley Springs, Lansing and Beaver Creek.

In Watauga County, 250 members were impacted by damage in 10 locations in Hound
Ears, Watauga River, and Sherwood.

In Alleghany County 46 members lost power due to damage in 3 locations in Glade
Valley, South Sparta and Sparta.

While one outage in Ashe County occurred at 5 am, the storm came through in full
force and began causing major outages just before 8 am today. The sounds of
chainsaws rang out in the morning and afternoon hours as crews sawed their way
through downed trees and limbs to replace broken poles and repair downed power

Blue Ridge Energy serves some 76,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and
Alleghany counties as well as parts of Avery, Alexander and Wilkes counties. Learn
more at www.BlueRidgeEnergy.com<http://www.blueridgeenergy.com/> or on the
cooperative’s social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.