July 31, 2017

Significant Progress Made to Overhead Solution
as Dual Solutions to Power Repairs are Executed

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) continues its execution of two simultaneous solutions to restore transmission service to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.

Significant progress has been made on the overhead solution, as crews have already set seven of the required 10 transmission poles.  Work will continue this evening.  

Excavation and dewatering continue at the site of the damaged underground transmission cables.  Two of the three cables have been uncovered.  The first was severed, and has already been spliced back together.  Tests on the second cable indicate that it is uncompromised.  Crews are close to the third cable, but because of the complex dewatering process, conditions have been challenging.  PCL Construction will continue to excavate the trench through the night.

The timeline for a complete repair ranges from one to two weeks.
The damage to the transmission cables occurred at the south side of the Bonner Bridge early on the morning of July 27 when PCL Construction accidentally drove a steel casing through the cooperative’s transmission cables. The cooperative is supplying power to the island via permanent and portable diesel generators. 

While it pursues the permanent solutions, CHEC is concurrently working to expand the temporary generation service on Hatteras Island in order to accommodate a staged reentry of visitors. A mandatory evacuation remains in effect for all visitors to Hatteras Island. 

CHEC appreciates the continued support of its members, as well as Gov. Roy Cooper and other officials from local and state agencies.  


07.31.2017-Steel Casing Was Being Set Aside When It Cut Power To Hatteras
07.31.2017-Governor Cooper Visits Excavation Site and Avon Pier
07.31.2017-Overnight Testing Reveals Only Two Cables Are Damaged
07.30.2017-Repairs Underway and Tentative Time Frame Established Outage Update For Sunday Evening July 30
07.30.2017-Pamlico Sound Ferry Routes To Adopt Alternate Schedule
07.30.2017-All Three Transmission Cables Compromised Outage Update For Sunday 8 am
07.28.2017-Severed Transmission Cable Exposed; Testing Planned to Determine Repair Timeline
07.29.2017-Evacuation Moves Forward while CHEC Continues Work to Provide Temporary Power
07.28.2017-Help Is On The Way: NC Ferry Division Delivers Generators To Ocracoke

07.28.2017-Mandatory Power Conservation Measures for Hatteras Island
07.28.2017-Mandatory Evacuation Order Issued for Hatteras Island Visitors
07.28.2017-Crews Working to Determine Time Frame for Power Cable Repairs
07.28.2017-"Today is going to be a better day."
07.27.2017-Gov. Cooper Signs State of Emergency for Hatteras, Ocracoke Islands 
07.27.2017-Visitors ordered to evacuate Ocracoke Island due to power outage.
07.27.2017-Hatteras and Ocracoke Island Power Outage – What We Know So Far
07.27.2017-Staying Hydrated and Safe with Power Outages on Hatteras Island
07.27.2017-Cause of Outage Determined; Update on Island Generator Power
07.27.2017-Widespread Power Outage Affects All Of Hatteras and Ocracoke

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