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Crews knock out most of remaining outages Tuesday

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Berkeley County Electric Co-op outage map, 9am Monday Berkeley County Electric Co-op outage map, 9am Monday

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) -- Officials with the Berkeley County Emergency Operation Center released an update Monday morning and said they are still monitoring power restoration throughout the county.

Berkeley County's EOC is still at OpCon 3 and will stay that way as long as there are shelters open to help residents who are without power. Currently the St. Stephen shelter is the only remaining Emergency Shelter open in Berkeley County.

The Red Cross and Southern Baptist Church continue to provide hot meals for those without power in Cross and St. Stephen.

Those meals will be served at Noon and 6 p.m. in Georgetown at the following locations.

  • Ringle Heights Baptist Church, 78 Ruben Ave.
  • Northeast Regional Recreation Center, 8189 Choppee Road
  • Sandpit Park, 495 Powell Road

While power companies work to restore power, county crews work to clear debris left behind by the ice storm but they worry that high winds expected Monday could hamper their efforts.

SCE&G reps said that a customer in one home may notice that neighbors have power while they do not. They said this is because some homes within the same neighborhood are served by different circuits and sometimes even different utility companies.

BCEOC officials said 25 power poles require replacement.

Nikki Haley said Monday evening that outages across the state were down to 22,600 from Thursday's high of 350,000.

According to the Berkeley County Cooperative outage map at 9 a.m. Tuesday there are 601 affected customers. Two of those customers are in Charleston County and four in Dorchester.

BCEC officials said in a release Monday that it could be Wednesday before power is restored to all communities in their service area.

A FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) re expected to arrive Monday to help with processing Federal requests for assistance.

If you know of any elderly, mobility impaired, or people in need of help clearing debris, fallen trees and limbs off houses and out of driveways, please contact the Berkeley County Emergency Operations center: 843-719-4800 or 843-719-4166.

As for the rest of the state, SCE&G reported 2,012 outages total at 9 a.m. Tuesday with 3 in Berkeley County, 21 in Charleston, 26 in Colleton, 108 in Dorchester and 96 in Orangeburg.

SCE&G customers can report outages by calling 1-888-333-4465 or online at www.sceg.com.

"Our crews will continue working until power has been restored to all of our customers," said SCE&G President of Retail Operations Keller Kissam. "We appreciate the patience, understanding and support our customers have demonstrated during this difficult time.  It is important that if a customer is still without power and has not called in to report it, they should do so.  Sometimes an outage can affect just a single home or business, and we want to make sure we know about every outage."

Santee Cooper only listed 17 total customers affected by outages at 9 a.m. Tuesday, mostly in Horry County.

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