theft that damaged equipment has caused a power shortage for some businesses in
Public Works Commission (PWC) reports repairs were being made, and during that
time customers along part of Cedar Creek Road may experience low voltage. The
affected area is between I-95 and Clinton Road.
hotels in this area near I-95 reported problems beginning Wednesday. An
elevator at the Fairfield Inn wouldn't work because there wasn't enough power
going to it, and the low voltage at the Rodeway Inn caused the fire alarm to go
off several times, and it was also cutting down on the air conditioner's
repairs are being made, PWC is asking its customers along Cedar Creek Road to
reduce their power use by adjusting thermostats, turning off lights and using
big appliances at night. They say that will help get electricity to where it's
needed most, like the IGA grocery store, which may have been the most affected.
12:30 p.m. To 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the store was so low on power it switched
to a back-up generator. They also closed off the frozen food section to keep
the display doors closed and moved any fresh meats to the walk-in freezer.
Ken Dimsdale said PWC was very responsive to the stores concerns. Even
considering the bad situation, he said it could have been worse.
didn't have the back-up generator and hadn't reacted to it as soon as we saw what
the problem was," Dimsdale said. "Our people knew exactly what to do on it. So that
helped tremendously right there."
he also is surprised by what caused the problem.
go into a power station and cut copper wire out is awfully dangerous," Dimsdale
think I've ever known that to happen around here before."
the repairs should be finished by Friday. Dimsdale worries that could mean another
power outage as those repairs wrap up.
spokeswoman Carolyn Justice-Hinson did not respond to multiple calls requesting
more details. An assistant said Justice-Hinson was in a meeting when WNCN
visited her office.
Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon.More>>