Santee Cooper Prepares for Another Round of Winter Weather
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – Santee Cooper personnel are making preparations for the anticipated effects that forecasted winter weather, including freezing rain, may have on Santee Cooper’s customers later this week. Approximately 2 million South Carolinians depend on the state-owned electric and water utility as their power source, either directly or through the state’s electric cooperatives.
As of noon today, Santee Cooper will move to OpCon 4 alert status. This means there is a possible threat to Santee Cooper’s electric system, but effects may be limited or uncertain. At OpCon 4, the utility is primarily:
- Checking and fueling vehicles, including line trucks.
- Making sure communications equipment is in proper working order.
- Checking inventory and procuring supplies as needed, such as utility poles, electric transformers and associated equipment.
“Santee Cooper is monitoring the forecast and preparing for another round of winter weather. Our main goals include being prepared, keeping our crews and customers safe, and keeping the lights on for all of our customers across the state,” said Mike Poston, Chief Customer Officer. “We will begin restoration efforts as soon as we safely can if we experience outages from this winter weather.”
Customers can report outages and find information on storm safety, including generator and downed power line safety, at stormcenter.santeecooper.com. Customers also can report outages at 888-769-7688.