Power restored in Washington, Chocowinity

Published 11:24 am Monday, October 10, 2016

Electricity has been restored in Washington, according to Frankie Buck, Washington’s public-works director.

At 3:20 p.m. Monday, several sources also reported power restored in Chocowinity.

Earlier on Monday, City Manager Bobby Roberson said the city is not shutting off its water system. Beaufort County gets some of its water from the city.

Duke Energy, from which the city gets its power, is having to rebuild a section of its system, which led to prolonged outages. One of Duke Energy’s main transmission lines brings electricity to Washington, and that line was down.

Other places in the county served by other power providers, such as Tideland Electric Membership Corp., have power, as well.

“In areas where the storm has cleared, Duke Energy crews have made progress and restored power to more than 400,000 customers. However, it could take up to a week to complete restorations,” reads a page on the Duke Energy website.

On Monday, Pack’s office issued an advisory, urging people in the northwest area of the county, especially in the VOA Road area, to evacuate because of increasing floodwaters, expected to reach major flood stage Wednesday or Thursday. “Our focus is the continued evacuation and support of people along the VOA Road, Tranter’s Creek, and assessment of structures that have been flooded,” Pack said.

Although flooding in some areas of the county may have subsided in the immediate passing of Hurricane Matthew, western areas of the county will experience increased flooding as stormwater runoff from the Tar River, Tranter’s Creek and other waterways move downstream, Pack said.

At 11 a.m. Monday, the Tar River at Greenville was at 19.7 feet. Flood stage in Greenville is 13 feet. The river is expected to crest at about 25 feet Wednesday. The Pamlico River from Washington toward the Pamlico Sound is expected to experience widespread flooding beginning Wednesday. Exact flood levels were not available from the National Weather Service at noon Monday.

Emergency-management officials are keeping a close watch on public water supplies. “We need everybody to conserve water, use as little as possible,” Pack said, “Right now, we’re trying to get the generators in here, but we’re having to get creative on how we’re going to get them here.”


About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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