Weather related update

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The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is urging motorists to stay off roads as at least 211 state roads and 43 bridges are closed due to historic flooding in South Carolina.

Acting SCDOT Secretary Christy A. Hall said, “The average vehicle can be swept away in as a little as 12 inches of moving water and stalled out in as little as two feet of water.”

The public can find travel information such as road conditions on the SCDOT web site: www.scdot.org. Note that due to rapidly changing conditions, additional state roads and bridges may be closed and not listed on the web site.

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative has reported 2,322 members without power. The number of members without service by county is as follows:

Anderson – 288

Greenville – 29

Oconee – 1,880

Pickens – 125

Spartanburg – 0

Blue Ridge crews are working on problems: Two backbone feeders are now off line—one circuit from the cooperative’s Friendship substation near Seneca and the second circuit feeding the Long Creek area of Oconee County from the cooperative’s Holly Springs substation. Several broken poles have been reported, primarily because of oak trees, uprooted by high winds, that subsequently have fallen onto power lines. Repair crews have been projected into all areas, and assistance has been sought from available crews outside this region. While progress is being made in restoring service, the widely scattered nature of the outages will translate into gradual restoration of power to affected members.

To report an outage: 1-888-BLUERIDGE.