Wilson Energy Crews Assist New Bern after Severe Thunderstorm
Monday, July 02, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2012
Several Electrical Linemen are in New Bern this week helping the Craven County community restore power after Sunday’s storms. Unusually hot temperatures fueled a line of high winds that left damage across eastern NC.
At the height of the outage Sunday evening, approximately 2,500 Wilson Energy customers were without power. Wilson crews restored more than half of those within an hour and wrapped up the remainder Sunday night. A few homes with damage to their electrical systems were the only ones still without power.
Now, Wilson Energy turns to New Bern to help in the cleanup there.
“Wilson Energy crews train and prepare for severe storms throughout the year so they can respond quickly to our community,” said Dathan Shows, Assistant City Manager. “Within hours of taking care of Wilson’s needs, our Linemen were turning their attention to New Bern. We appreciate the patience of their families as these men travel to help another community.”
Wilson’s assistance is part of a mutual-aid agreement that unites Public Power communities in North Carolina. More often than not, Wilson Energy crews have deployed to other locations, but our community has also received assistance through the agreement. Crews from two other communities helped Wilson after the tornado that struck in 2011.