CAYCE, S.C. (Jan. 11, 2011 - 6 a.m.) – SCE&G crews worked all day Monday and through the night into Tuesday morning responding to power outages caused by the severe winter weather that has impacted South Carolina.
At peak, more than 4,000 customers had lost power yesterday, but as of 6 a.m. this morning, SCE&G had fewer than 400 customers still without electric service.
SCE&G’s Senior Vice President of Electric and Gas Operations, Keller Kissam, said the company’s tree trimming efforts over the past three years helped keep power outages to a minimum during the winter storm.
“Most service interruptions during a winter storm result from snow and ice causing tree limbs and entire trees to break and fall, sometimes taking power lines down with them,” said Kissam. “The relatively low number of power outages we’ve seen over the past 24 hours shows just how important tree trimming is to the safety and reliability of our electric system.”
Kissam said SCE&G’s storm team will continue monitoring the weather and responding to reports of power outages as they may occur throughout the day today.
To report a power outage to SCE&G, call 1-888-333-4465. You also can report and check the status of your power outage online from your internet-ready cell phone. Just use your mobile device to visit www.sceg.com/mobile and click on storm center.
SCE&G’s storm center, www.sceg.com/storm provides customers with additional information about how to report power outages and SCE&G’s process for restoring service to customers, as well as important safety tips.
Customers can also get up-to-the-hour updates on outages by following the company on Twitter at scegnews and scegstorm.