Repairs Underway and Tentative Time Frame
Established - Outage Update For Sunday Evening July 30
Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) continues restoration efforts in
the wake of a transmission outage that was caused when PCL Construction
accidently drove a steel casing into the cooperative’s underground
transmission cables on Thursday morning, July 27.
Cooperative crews are working toward two solutions for transmission
restoration. The first solution is to continue excavating the damaged
cables and work to splice them back together; repairs have already
begun on the first excavated cable. The second solution is to build a
new overhead transmission line that would run from the south end of the
Bonner Bridge to meet the cooperative’s existing overhead transmission
line. CHEC will actively pursue both of these solutions until it is
clear which of these will provide the fastest and safest option for a
Depending on which solution turns out to be the most practical, the
timeline for a complete repair could vary from one to two weeks.
A mandatory evacuation remains in effect for all visitors to Hatteras
Island. CHEC will continue to supply temporary power to residents on
the island through the Buxton diesel generators and portable generators
until the transmission repairs are complete. The cooperative is also
working to expand the temporary generation service on Hatteras Island,
in order to accommodate a staged reentry of visitors.
CHEC appreciates the continued support of officials from local and
state agencies, including Governor Cooper’s office. The cooperative
appreciates the continued patience and encouragement from both our
members and visitors.