SUPPLY, N.C. (Sept. 6, 2019, 1:00 p.m.) – Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) restoration crews rolled out in force early Friday morning to restore power to affected members in Columbus, Bladen and Brunswick counties.
Overnight outages affected approximately 20,000 services on BEMC lines as a result of Hurricane Dorian. As of noon, 3,000 of the cooperative’s nearly 98,000 meter locations remained without power.
“Crews will continue to work around the clock until every service is back on,” said Heather Holbrook, BEMC spokesperson. “We were ready and able to mobilize in the first hour of daylight, and our crews continue to make significant progress.”
Downed trees throughout the service territory and tornado damaged communities pose additional challenges, which means restoration may take longer as crews use every resource available to them.
“We appreciate the patience of our members. Nothing is more important than working safely to get power back on as quickly as possible,” said Joshua Winslow, CEO and General Manager. “BEMC is grateful for the many additional line crews and tree removal crews who are out there alongside our dedicated employees.”
Please use caution as you are cleaning up debris. Never go near a downed power line; often lines are covered by yard debris making them hard to see. Go to bemc.org to view the outage map, safety information, and what to do after a storm. Follow Brunswick Electric on Facebook and Twitter for real time updates and report outages to (800) 682-5309.
Brunswick Electric is the second largest electric co-op in NC, the 35th largest of more than 700 co-ops in the U.S. and serves nearly 98,000 meter locations in Brunswick and Columbus counties, plus small areas of Bladen and Robeson.
BEMC is a locally owned not-for-profit corporation committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity to its members. Established in 1939, the co-op has a longstanding tradition of working to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves