Evacuation Moves Forward while CHEC Continues Work to Provide
Temporary Power – Outage Update for Saturday, 12 p.m.
Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) is focusing its efforts today on
ensuring that all residents on Hatteras Island have continuous
Per Laura Ertle,
Director of Public Relations for CHEC, all of the circuits for Avon and
all villages south have been energized, and no rolling blackouts are
expected for these areas.
There are still some
circuits out in tri-villages, however, and all of the crews have been
sent to the Waves substation in order to get power to these residents
“Because of the
evacuation, the load is much more reasonable,” said Ertle. “As terrible
as the evacuation is, it takes a lot of pressure off of us.”
She noted that residents should continue to conserve power, and should cut off their A/C units.
CHEC continues to work
with multiple agencies at the site of the damaged cable near Oregon
Inlet, in order to bring permanent restoration to the island as soon as
possible. As of 12 p.m. on Saturday, the site was still being
excavated, but an update may be available later today.
evacuation for Hatteras Island began at 6 a.m. this morning, and a
checkpoint has been established near the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center on
the northern side of the Bonner Bridge. Seasonal workers, residents,
and property owners are being allowed on the island, but visitors are
being turned away at the checkpoint.
Island Free Press will continue to post updates as soon as they are available.