Santee Cooper Wrapping Up Power Restoration Related to Hurricane Isaias

Staff Report

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Santee Cooper is nearing full restoration of power to customers who lost it as Hurricane Isaias traveled up the coast of Georgetown and Horry counties last night and will return to normal operations at 4 p.m. today. Lake Moultrie’s Pinopolis Lock has reopened. 

“As of noon Tuesday, we are wrapping up restoration to just a handful of customers, down from our peak of 7,897 customers without power as the center of the storm passed by last night,” said Mike Poston, Chief Customer Officer. “Santee Cooper teams were prepared and able to work through the night, which reduced the duration of those outages and helped us get close to normal so quickly.” 

Santee Cooper’s transmission system held up well, with no sustained outages. Two momentary outages briefly impacted delivery points for the City of Georgetown, Santee Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper retail territory. Crews are conducting aerial inspections today of the transmission lines from Georgetown to the North Carolina border, to check for any potential remaining issues. 

Santee Cooper’s retail offices in Moncks Corner and Myrtle Beach remained open for normal business hours yesterday and today. The Call Center is staffed to receive any additional reports as customers who were away return home and discover power outages. 

Santee Cooper has released most of its contract crews so that they can be available to help with power restoration in other states impacted by Isaias.