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 email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>; 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 lines. 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.