HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - As of Tuesday morning, about 9,100 Santee Electric Cooperative customers were still without power in Florence, Georgetown, Williamsburg, and Clarendon counties; the company is aiming to fully restore power by Wednesday.
More than 300 line workers from seven states are working to restore power at the cooperative, according to an update from the company. District offices in Lake City, Georgetown, Hemingway Manning have been closed, while the co-op's main office in Kingstree is open and serving as command central during restoration.
Neighboring Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, which announced that it had fully restored power to all customers on Sunday, stated that they are sending help to Santee Electric Cooperative: two large construction crews equipped with six trucks each.
This winter storm delivered as much damage to power systems as Hurricane Huge in 1989 for a large swath of the state, Santee officials stated. At the height of the storm, over 350,000 South Carolinians did not have electricity.
The number of Santee Electric Cooperative customers without power, by county, are:
- Other - 3
- Clarendon - 1750
- Florence - 1940
- Georgetown - 1429
- Williamsburg - 3983