Patience on outdoor lighting repairs, please

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The South Carolina State Climatology Office announced the official end of the drought in all South Carolina Counties on April 24, 2013.

There definitely is no shortage of water in Horry County these days.  The drought status for all counties in South Carolina, according to the South Carolina State Climatology Office, was declared officially over on April 24, 2013.  Horry County residents have seen their share of rain over the past few months. As a result, the ground is saturated.  “Those conditions make it difficult for us to make some routine repairs that normally are resolved very quickly,” says Reed Cooper, manager of engineering for Horry Electric.  “Power restoration is always a priority and we don’t let anything get in the way of that,” explains Cooper. “It’s the repairs to outdoor lighting that we’re experiencing delays.”  A lot of the outdoor lights installed on the Horry Electric system require two people and heavy equipment to make the repairs. “It’s not as simple as sending a service man out to make the repair,” says Cooper, adding that the location of the majority of the lights on the system also pose a problem. “When the ground is as wet as it is, we can’t get the truck in the yards or off of the edge of the roads to get to the light to make the repairs,” he says. “We don’t want to create a mess on someone’s property and there just isn’t an easy way to get our equipment in or out of an area where these lights are located without creating one.”  The equipment used to make repairs to outdoor lights weigh in excess of two tons.  “It’s easy enough to get something that heavy bogged down when it’s even just a bit wet,” says Cooper. “When the ground is as wet as it is now, there’s no doubt it will get bogged down and make a mess.” Members who make contact with the co-op to report outdoor lighting repairs are being asked for patience on response time. “We will definitely make all of the repairs, but please understand the heavy rain and the conditions it has created in our service area have put us behind schedule.”

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