Hugo Restoration by the Numbers
SCE&G employee restoring power after Hugo

More than 2,000 employees and 7,000 contractors and workers from other utilities contributed to the restoration effort. In 18 days our system was restored, safely, without a single lost time incident.

  • 1,800 motel rooms daily
  • 10,000 meals daily
  • 12,000 gallons of fuel for 900 trucks daily
  • SCE&G purchased 5,435 poles; 3,356 transformers; more than 10 million feet of wire; 16,071 cross arms; 43,506 insulators; 11,637 fuse cutouts and 31,198 fuses.
  • 15 states and 48 companies provided 2,600 extra helping hands, trucks and crews
  • 19 tractor-trailers (630,000 pounds) of dry ice distributed "free" to civilians in Columbia and Charleston
  • 7,000 free propane gas tanks distributed
  • SCE&G ran buses for at least 20,000 passengers, helping to evacuate and return individuals to their homes
  • 25,000 distribution maps given to crews to navigate our service system
  • Daily laundry service for 3,600 workers for 14 days
  • Safety packets, radios and generators were distributed to crews
  • Purchasing shifts ran 24 hours a day
  • Employees volunteered to support the crews to get the power back on through meal preparation and manning customer call centers
  • Retired employees were called in to help
  • SCE&G logo wear identified employees to the public and the National Guard
  • One week after Hugo – 43 percent of SCE&G customers restored
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